The Academy day is designed to:
The day begins when the school opens. This will be at 7am allowing the students, after they record their attendance as they pass through the electronically operated entry points, to begin their day. They have the opportunity to complete unfinished work; print off assignments they have completed at home or they can just sit down and catch up with the events of last evening with their friends. The building will be open and the students will not be expected to 'wait outside until the bell rings'.
Lessons begin at 8.15am (most of the Saint Paul's Catholic School students were in at that time anyway). The first lesson ends at 9.45am. The extra 15 minutes are included in the first lesson to allow each class a breakfast break that is taken in rotation.
The period 10.55 to 11.15am is when each student meets his/her personal tutor in their tutor group.
Issues that present the students some difficulties, attendance monitoring, Academy business and announcements and delivering elements of the citizenship curriculum makes this an important personal time for each student. At least once a week the students will participate in a collective religious service in an assembly led by the principal during this tutor time.
Breakfast is scheduled for different classes at different times between 8.15 and 9.45am which is the timing of period one. Traditionally, students have been sent outside for a 15-minute break each morning all at the same time. At the Academy, however, in order to reduce congestion and overcrowding we have organised breakfast and lunch so that all students are able to use the restaurant and have some time in the fresh air if they wish.
Second lesson lasts from 9.45 to 10.55am
At 10.55 to 11.15am students meet their tutor in their tutor group. Topics that are dealt with include:
Issues that present some difficulties, attendance monitoring, Academy business, announcements and delivering elements of the citizenship curriculum. At least once a week the students will participate in an assembly which reflects the ethos of the Academy.
Third lesson lasts from 11.15 to 12.25pm
Fourth lesson replicates the arrangements for breakfast by incorporating a 30-minute lunch session. It begins at 12.25 and ends at 2.10pm. Students are not allowed to leave the school premises during break and lunchtime.
The fifth lesson ends at 3.20pm and which is the official end of the school day. However, an extensive range of activities designed to enrich the students' education are available until 5pm. The status of the Academy as a Sports College will see a range of individual and team sports being undertaken. Music, drama, additional subject tuition and individual study opportunities are all available to the students at the period between 3.20 and 5.00pm.
Lessons are longer than they were at Saint Paul's School. Seventy or seventy-five minute lessons have many distinct benefits for students:
There are organisational and behavioural benefits to the longer lessons:
School opens at 7am and from this point onwards until 8.15am students have the opportunity to complete unfinished work; print off assignments they have completed at home or they can just sit down and catch up with the events of last evening with their friends.