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School Times

Below is a breakdown of our school day; start and end times, registration, lesson periods, lunch time and breaks.

“I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them ” – E. V. Lucas

8:50amWarning BellDuty teams active
Students and Staff go to registration
9am – 9:15amMentor TimeStudents arriving late report to reception
9:15am – 10:15amPeriod 1
10:15am – 10:30amBreakDuty teams active
10:30am – 11:30amPeriod 2
11:30am – 12:30pmPeriod 3
12:30pm – 1:30pmLunchLunchtime Supervisors active
1:30pm – 2:30pmPeriod 4(includes afternoon registration)
2:30pm – 3:30pmPeriod 5
3:30pm – 3:40pmDuty teams active

Assembly Rota

Assemblies will take place from 9am to 9:15am, on the days indicated below:

  • Monday: No assemblies
  • Tuesday: Baggaley House assembly and Buxton House assembly
  • Wednesday: Fanshawe House assembly and Gosforth House assembly
  • Thursday: Millican House assembly and Spaven House assembly
  • Friday: Year assembly in Phoenix Hall – year groups rotate weekly and will be advised via the slides shown to students in mentor time of the same week

On assembly days, Houses / year groups should go straight to the Hall to be ready to start assembly at 9am, rather than going to mentor rooms.

Leave of Absence for Students

There is no automatic right for students to be granted authorised absences. We consider every request for leave of absence in relation to the context of the request, the individual student’s attendance and educational attainment.

Only the school can approve absence, not parents. Parents and carers need to be aware that absences from school can have a detrimental effect on student’s progress and achievement in examinations.

To apply for a student leave of absence, please complete the “Leave of Absence Form for Students” that can be downloaded from the policies page, and return to reception at least two weeks before the date of the proposed absence.

Term Dates – 2023 / 2024 Academic Year


  • Term 1: Monday 4th September 2023 to Friday 27th October 2023
  • Term 2: Monday 6th November 2023 to Friday 22nd December 2023


  • Term 3: Monday 8th January 2024 to Friday 16th February 2024
  • Term 4: Monday 26th February 2024 to Thursday 28th March 2024


  • Term 5: Monday 15th April 2024 to Friday 24th May 2024
  • Term 6: Monday 3rd June 2024 to Tuesday 23rd July 2024

Public Holidays

  • 25th and 26th December 2023
  • 1st January 2024
  • 29th March 2024 (Good Friday)
  • 1st April 2024 (Easter Monday)
  • 6th May 2024 (Early May Bank Holiday)
  • 27th May 2024 (Spring Bank Holiday)

PL Days

Monday 4th September 2023
Tuesday 5th September 2023
Friday 27th October 2023
Monday 8th January 2024
Friday 28th June 2024

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