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The school day for students:

  • Morning school 8.30 am to 12.00 noon
  • Break 10.45 am to 11.00 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 Year 7, 8 and 9 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 4 teacher training days.

The dates of the 2017-2018 school year for students are:

Autumn term
Tuesday 3rd September 2017 to Friday 22nd December 2017 (Half term - school closes 2.45pm Friday 20th October 2017 & re-opens 8.30am Monday 30th October 2017).

Spring term
Monday 8th January 2018 to Wednesday 28th March 2018 (Half term - school closes 2.45pm Friday 9th February 2018  & re-opens 8.30am Monday 19th February 2019).

Summer term
Monday 16th April 2018 to Friday 20st July 2018 (Half term - school closes 2.45pm Friday 25th May 2018 & re-opens 8.30am Monday 4th  June 2018).

School closed
May Day Monday 7th May 2018

INSET Days for 2017-18 are:
Monday 2nd September 2017
Thursday 29th March 2018

Other dates to be confirmed


8.30 - 8.45 am Registration and Assembly
8.45 - 9.45 am Period One
9.45 - 10.45 am Period Two
10.45 - 11.00 am Break
11.00 - 12.00 noon Period Three
12.00 - 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.


Meeting for Parents and Open Evening
Thursday 28nd September 2017 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 2017 – 2018 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)

Key dates for each year group are published in September 2017.  Parents will be notified by letter and the information is also placed on the school’s website.

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.