The Academy Day



The academy timetable is operated on a fortnightly cycle. The calendar designates each week of the academic year as either WEEK A or WEEK B.

Each teaching day has 5 one-hour lessons, 25 hours per week and 50 hours per cycle, with Enrichment lessons for some students taking place in period 6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In the exam season the academy day may change to a 3:2 split with lunch starting at 12.00pm and period 4 starting at 1.00pm.

Lunch and Break

There is a mid-morning break at 10:40 until 11:00 and then lunch time at 13:00 until the 5 minute warning bell at 13:55. There are many places to buy or eat your packed lunch around the academy including the main canteen, the Graze hatch in the Street and the Blues Cafe for Sixth Formers. Our canteens operate on a fingerprint system. Students can add money to their account at machines around the academy and then pay for their food using their fingerprint.

Term Dates 2017/2018


6th September 2017 - 19th December 2017
Half term: 23rd October - 27th October
(Staff development days: Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th September 2017, Mon 30th October 2017)



3rd January 2018 - 29th March 2018
Half term: 12th February 2018 - 16th February 2018
Easter holiday: 30th March 2018 - 13th April 2018
(Staff development day: Tuesday 2nd January 2018)



16th April 2018 - 20th July 2018
Half Term: 28th May 2018 - 1st June 2018