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 4 teacher training days.

The dates of the 2018-2019 school year for students are:

Autumn term
Tuesday 4th September 2018 to Friday 21st December 2018 (Half term - school closes 2.45pm Friday 19th October 2018 & re-opens 8.30am Monday 29th October 2018).

Spring term
Tuesday 8th January 2019 to Thursday 4th April 2019 (Half term - school closes 2.45pm Friday 15th February 2019  & re-opens 8.30am Monday 25th February 2019).

Summer term
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 to Friday 19th July 2019 (Half term - school closes 2.45pm Friday 24th May 2019 & re-opens 8.30am Monday 3rd  June 2019).

School closed
May Day Monday 6th May 2019

INSET Days for 2018-19 are:
Monday 3rd September 2018
Monday 7th January 2019
Friday 5th April 2019

Other dates to be confirmed


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.


Meeting for Parents and Open Evening
Thursday 22nd September 2018 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  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.