School Times / Term Dates

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 – 2022 / 2023 Academic Year


  • Term 1: Monday 5th September 2022 to Friday 21st October 2022
  • Term 2: Tuesday 1st November 2022 to Thursday 22nd December 2022


  • Term 3: Tuesday 10th January 2023 to Friday 17th February 2023
  • Term 4: Monday 27th February 2023 to Friday 31st March 2023


  • Term 5: Monday 17th April 2023 to Friday 26th May 2023
  • Term 6: Monday 5th June 2023 to Friday 21st July 2023

Public Holidays

  • 26th and 27th December 2022
  • 2nd January 2023
  • 7th April 2023 (Good Friday)
  • 10th April 2023 (Easter Monday)
  • 1st May 2023 (Early May Bank Holiday)
  • 8th May 2023 ( King Charles III Coronation)
  • 29th May 2023 (Spring Bank Holiday)

PL Days

  • Thursday 1st September 2022
  • Friday 2nd September 2022
  • Monday 31st October 2022
  • Monday 9th January 2023
  • Friday 30th June 2023

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