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Timings of the School Day

The school runs on a two week cycle (i.e. students have two versions of their timetable which alternate each week). Students attend four lessons in the morning/midday and one in the afternoon with a 20 minute break and 35 minute lunch in between. There is also a five minute 'changeover' between lessons to give students time to move between rooms and buildings across the site. The school day ends at 3.00pm, apart from the last day of term which, at the discretion of the school, finishes at lunchtime.

The school day is structured/timetabled as follows:

Registration 8.30am – 8.35am
Assembly / Tutorial Period 8.35am – 8.50am
Lesson 1 8.55am - 9.55am
Lesson 2 10.00am - 11.00am
Break 11.00am - 11.20am
Lesson 3 11.20am - 12.20pm
Lesson 4 12.25pm - 1.25pm
Lunch* 1.25pm - 2.00pm
Lesson 5 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Lunch*

During lunch break it is compulsory for students in Years 7-10 to stay on-site, unless their parents have specifically requested that they go home for lunch or to attend an appointment.

Absence

Hazelwick has always recognised the importance of good attendance and has in place long-established and effective systems to monitor absence, address particular problems and recognise excellence. We have always valued the support we have received from parents over matters of attendance and punctuality and recognise the fact that most children attend school every day. However, please would all parents bear in mind the following:  

  • Wherever possible, fix medical appointments for outside school time, otherwise a written request to the Head of Year must be made in advance.
  • Ensure that your child is in school on time to register with his/her form teacher. This effectively means that they will need to be on the school site by 8.25am.

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness or some other unavoidable reason, please ring the school reception on 01293 403344 at the earliest possible time on the first day of absence. When they return please confirm the details of the absence in a letter to your child’s form teacher.

The Department for Education has recently made changes to the guidance regarding the rights of parents to take family holidays during term time. These amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Therefore, holidays during school time will not be authorised for students in any year group.

Only unavoidable, exceptional circumstances for a leave of absence from learning will now be considered by the Headteacher. It is anticipated that such situations will be rare and any request must cleay illustrate why such a leave of absence should be considered.

Term Dates

Term dates are available on a seperate page on our website (use the link below to access it):