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The school day for students:

  • Morning school 8.30 am to 12.10 noon
  • Break 10.55 am to 11.10 am
  • Afternoon school 12.45 pm to 2.45 pm

The school site is supervised from 8.25 am to 2.50 pm, throughout break and lunchtime. The teaching day for students is 5 hours. We operate a two-week timetable, although, for most students, each week is the same. All students will remain on the school site throughout lunchtimes.  The school year is 190 days for students, 195 for staff. Parents are notified in advance of teacher training days.

The dates of the 2019-2020 school year for students are:

Autumn term
Wednesday 4th September 2019 to Friday 20th December 2019
(Half term - school closes 2.45pm Friday 25th October 2019 & re-opens 8.30am Monday 4th November 2019).

Spring term
Tuesday 7th January 2020 to Friday 3rd April 2020
(Half term - school closes 2.45pm Friday 14th February 2020  & re-opens 8.30am Monday 24th February 2020).

Summer term
Tuesday 21st April 2020 to Friday 17th July 2020
(Half term - school closes 2.45pm Friday 22nd May 2020 & re-opens 8.30am Monday 1st June 2020).

School closed
May Day Friday 8th May 2020

INSET Days for 2019-20 are:
Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Monday 6th January 2020
Monday 20th April 2020


8.30 - 8.55 am Registration and Assembly
8.55 - 9.55 am Period One
9.55 - 10.55 am Period Two
10.55 - 11.10 am Break
11.10 - 12.10 noon Period Three
12.10 - 12.45 pm Lunch Break
12.45 - 1.45 pm Period Four
1.45 – 2.45 pm Period Five

In particularly inclement weather, break may be cancelled except for Key Stage 4 students who are allowed the privilege of using the dining hall. School always ends at 2.45 pm except at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms when dismissal takes place at 1.30 pm.


Year 6 Open Evening
Thursday 26th September 2019, 6.00 - 8.00pm at Farringdon Community Academy


Parents considering enrolment of students are always welcome to visit the school. In September we hold a public meeting at Farringdon Community Academy. Invitations are sent to parents of Year 6 students in our feeder primary schools. Other parents can obtain details by telephoning the school. The Open Evening allows parents to view the school and meet staff and existing students informally.

Each year we run a wide-ranging and intensive transition / induction programme for new students and their parents.

Admission to Secondary School information is sent to parents via primary and junior schools.  However, details about school admission can be found at www.sunderland.gov.uk/admissionsonline.  An Admission to Secondary School Booklet 2018 – 2019 can also be found on this web page.  Copies are also available in school.  The contact telephone number for help and advice regarding admissions is 0191 520 5553.  

There are examinations, reports and parental consultation meetings at least once annually for all year groups.

Progress Review Day takes place on (to be confirmed)

Please note that external examinations for Years 10 and 11 take place throughout the academic year and parents are advised not to book holidays for any child during term time.