How long is the school day?

(61 Posts)
Roisin Tue 19-Mar-13 20:29:02

I am prompted by hearing about this school "The Academy day starts at 08.00, all students are expected to arrive by 07.50 and finish at 16.30" They also have a homework support club from 16.30-17.30

Please also include whether your school is an Academy, grammar, state, free, independent, etc.

8.40am - 3.05 pm The school I work at (Academy)
8.40am - 3.30 pm The school my children attend (state secondary)
8.00am - 4.30 pm Kings Science Academy, Bradford (Free School)

ByTheWay1 Tue 19-Mar-13 20:32:23

state secondary 8.30 - 3.00

MrsExcited Tue 19-Mar-13 20:34:35

The one where i work


My old school


Same amount of Teaching time at both school (5hrs)

BrigitBigKnickers Tue 19-Mar-13 20:37:01

DD1- Independent: Mon- Thurs- 8.30 - 4pm
Friday 8.30am 3.30 pm plus after school activities such as CCF/ community service etc.

DD2-State academy grammar: 8.30am- 3.30 pm

eatyourveg Tue 19-Mar-13 20:39:04

8.30 - 4.00 private secondary
8.30 - 3.10 sn secondary

Myliferocks Tue 19-Mar-13 20:39:04

State middle school - 9.50-3.35
State upper secondary academy 9.45-3.45

Loshad Tue 19-Mar-13 20:40:45

my school 8:40-3:30 state academy - teaching time 5 h 25 min
dc indi 8:30-4
other dcs indi 8:45-4

Chubfuddler Tue 19-Mar-13 20:41:54

Independent prep 8.20 to 4pm

Sparklingbrook Tue 19-Mar-13 20:42:59

8.50-3.30 State secondary. Lunch at 1.20pm. shock

Chubfuddler Tue 19-Mar-13 20:43:05

The school I attended was a state grammar 8.45 to 3.20

Bumply Tue 19-Mar-13 20:47:18

8:35-3:35 mon-thur
8:35-12:35 fri
Scottish high school

Roisin Tue 19-Mar-13 20:47:40

The Free School I mentioned in the OP apparently has 35 hrs lessons a week, instead of the standard 25!

Apparently they have 30 mins per day silent reading.

But they've just had a grade 3 (requires improvement) from Ofsted, who have criticised the length of the school day.


sjupes Tue 19-Mar-13 20:49:12

My high school was 8.55 to 3.40 i think. Just a council school.

TwllBach Tue 19-Mar-13 20:49:18

The school bell goes at 9am but pupils are expected to be on the yard at 8.50 to line up for 8.55. School finishes at 3.30 and we have five hours five minutes teaching time. It's a foundation school.

TwllBach Tue 19-Mar-13 20:49:46

... Foundation primary school.

forevergreek Tue 19-Mar-13 20:51:14

My old school was state grammar, 8.25 - 4pm

Marmitelover55 Tue 19-Mar-13 20:52:37

My dd1 will be starting in september at a secondary girls academy that was formally a private school. I believe the school hours are 8.20-3.45, which seems a slightly longer day. I believe they have stuck with the old longer private school holidays though, so this must be to offset that.

BooksandaCuppa Tue 19-Mar-13 21:04:21

Ds: independent senior school - 8.40-4.00: 5hrs 15mins teaching (longer lunch and breaks).

I work: state grammar - 8.55-3.45: 5 hours teaching.

creamteas Tue 19-Mar-13 21:36:13

State comp 8.50-3.00, very short lunchbreak so still 5 hours teaching

MakeMineALargeRose Tue 19-Mar-13 21:37:10

State Grammar 8.45 to 3.35, 5 hours teaching.

AtiaoftheJulii Tue 19-Mar-13 22:42:05

State grammar - 8.25-3.10 (5hrs teaching plus moving time between lessons)
State grammar - 8.20-3.25 (5hr 20min teaching)
Comp - 8.40-3.00 (5hrs including moving time)

BackforGood Tue 19-Mar-13 23:15:07

ds - State comp - 8.30 to 3.05 (40 min break for lunch)
dd1 - state comp, when she went, converted to an academy 18months ago but no change as yet - 8.30 to 3.10 4 days a week, start at 9am the other day. Also get a fairly short lunch, but then get quite a long break in the morning.

Isthiscorrect Wed 20-Mar-13 02:42:05

Private UK curriculum school in ME.

Sun till Wed 7.45 till 3,
compulsory ECA's minimum three times a week until 4 (masses to choose from)
Thurs 7.45 till 1
Long holidays in the summer, short 2 day half terms
20 min break after 2 lessons, 40 min break after lesson 4, and 30 min study period daily after lunch.

piprabbit Wed 20-Mar-13 02:49:31

Our local secondary schools do 8:30am-3:00pm or 8:45am-2:45pm.
They seem to be set up to allow older siblings to collect younger children from the local primary schools, although that may just be a convenient side effect.

janji Wed 20-Mar-13 03:13:26

Independent prep school 8.30 - 4.30

complexnumber Wed 20-Mar-13 05:28:58

International school in ME

0730 - 1415

5 Hours 20 mins teaching

Ronaldo Wed 20-Mar-13 05:56:16

8:30 - 5:00 - ( which means 8:20 - 5:15 for teachers+ after school meetings which usually means 6:00 pm finish - we changed this year . It has proved very unpopular with staff and pupils alike . Previously we have 8:50 -4:00and after school clubs ( that was 8:40 - 4: 00 for teachers and staff meetings were in school time not afterwards) but some stupid teachers complained about problems with kids not doing clubs but sitting around waiting for parents/ busses and hiding in corners and out of the way places avoiding the clubs and prep and they couldnt control the larger numbers who came toprep - we had one teacher each evening covering it) and so we now have activities in the middle of the morning ( rubbish - they still flop around and hide like secret agents to get out of it) and we all have to work until 5:00.

Bloody stupidity and it doesnt work anyway. All it does is allow mummy day care for about 5 parents. I am not a baby sitter.

bigTillyMint Wed 20-Mar-13 06:20:31

8.40 - 3.10 (I thinkblush) - state comp, now an Academy
I think it's till 4pm two nights a week from Y10.

MelodyBaker Wed 20-Mar-13 06:31:15

8:20 to 3:30. State secondary

Roisin Wed 20-Mar-13 07:21:14

Blimey. How are the students' concentration levels for the last lesson of the day Ronaldo?

That's a long day for teachers and pupils alike.

Polgara2 Wed 20-Mar-13 07:26:07

8.55 - 3.10 academy (40 min lunch)

ItsRainingOutside Wed 20-Mar-13 19:24:10

08.20 - 16.00 plus 90 minutes of extra-curricular and Saturday mornings until 1pm or all day if there are matches.

NewFerry Wed 20-Mar-13 20:39:02

8:50 - 3:30pm state comp, 5 hours teaching, but lunch break doesn't start till 1:40pm. Then just 1 lesson in the afternoon.

Then the usual after school clubs for those who want to take part, and library open till 5pm for homework.

prettydaisies Wed 20-Mar-13 22:46:06

State secondary - 8.45-3.00 - 5hrs of teaching
Independent school - 8.30-4.00

ripsishere Thu 21-Mar-13 01:15:49

Independent International Malaysia
M-F 08.20-16.00
Wednesday afternoon is non academic clubs
Friday finish at 12.50 in order to allow Muslim pupils to get to worship.

Eastpoint Thu 21-Mar-13 07:04:02

8:20-4:00 for senior independent
8:20-4:15 for senior independent

Activities before & after school for both
Matches on Saturdays
Drama/dance/orchestral rehearsals Sundays as necessary

Bunbaker Thu 21-Mar-13 07:31:58

State secondary 8.20 am to 2.50 pm.

Independent prep
8.20 - 3.45 (4.30 on Games afternoons)

trinity0097 Sat 23-Mar-13 17:45:32

Independent prep school where I work, currently 8.30 to 5.30, from sept 8.25 until 4.30 with optional to 5.30 ( basically whereas prep had to be done at school, they can now choose whether to stay and do it at school or do it at home)

countrykitten Sun 24-Mar-13 12:12:26

Indie Senior.
8.15pm - 4pm followed by up to 2 hours of extra activities (at least 2 a week are expected,most do 4)

Mum2Luke Mon 25-Mar-13 19:13:01

The school my son will be going to in September starts at 8.30 and finishes at 2.35 so that extra-curricular activities can take place and still allow for students getting back home at reasonable times to do homework.

I am fortunate in that I live at the back of the school and he won't have to rely on public transport or having to carry everything on a bike.

Roseformeplease Mon 25-Mar-13 19:14:12

9am - 3.45pm. Scottish secondary.

lljkk Mon 25-Mar-13 19:23:42

7:45-14:30 when I went to school, with 40 min. lunch, no other breaks except 5 min. to change class (7 lessons/day). 180 days/yr.

8:20-3 for DS now, with 65 mins of breaks (5 lessons/day)
8:20-4pm for the posh girl's school DD likes, with 1 hour of breaks, I think.

Bakingnovice Tue 26-Mar-13 07:53:54

The school mentioned in theOP has just received a terrible ofsted. One of the criticisms was that students struggled with the length of the day and suffered from very poor concentration levels. In response the HT issued a statement saying that he was doing the parents, kids and community a favour by keeping the kids off the streets! A comment the parents found v v insulting. This school is an example of a very failing free school. It has millions put into it but is not working. Another criticism was this it is supposedly a specialist science academy but has no facilities for the study of practical science. You couldn't make this up.

The HT was touted as an 'Oxford' super head. But it's now been revealed he studied some kind of science degree, obtained a very low grade, moved to law, failed to pass his legal practice degree to practice law, went on to pgce and taught in a failing secondary, gave that up and reappeared on the scene a few years later as head of this free school. Very bizarre all round.

KnitMinion Tue 26-Mar-13 09:17:20

My old school:
8.30 - 4 M-W
8.30 - 3.20 T
8-30 - 12.15 F

My local secondary school:
8.30 - 3.16 M-Th
8.30 - 12.51 F

Roisin Tue 26-Mar-13 15:57:17

Bakingnovice - very bizarre all round.
Do you know any more. I am fascinated!

BaconAndAvocado Tue 26-Mar-13 19:53:48

8:40-2:30. State secondary

JenaiMorris Tue 26-Mar-13 21:05:57

Eek. Look at Kings' pseudo '.ac' domain name. It makes them look like scammers.

JenaiMorris Tue 26-Mar-13 21:07:56

Oh yes, ds's school:

8:35 - 15:00 state secondary

LouiseAnastasia Sat 30-Mar-13 21:21:40

The state secondary school I went to was from 8:30 - 3:30. This included two 15 minute breaks and a 50 minute lunch break.

signorapacino Sat 30-Mar-13 21:29:50

Dd private 0850 - 1540.

CowsGoMoo Sat 30-Mar-13 23:50:50

My school - State comp 08.55 - 15.20
DD's Prep School 08.00 - 16.30 (can stay to do prep till 18.00)
DS's Indie Senior 08.00 - 17.30

Clary Fri 05-Apr-13 00:29:58

My school - 8.45-3.30, hour for lunch plus one break.

My DCs' school - about the same hours I think (blush I am not really here then!).

We have two lessons after lunch - I wonder how the kids cope at schools that just have one after lunch and a very late lunchbreak as a consquence - eg starting after 1pm! I am eating the table by about 12.15!

Dooohhh Fri 05-Apr-13 17:03:25

Prep school on welsh border
7:30-6:00 (or 7:30 if u did any extra curricular)

Kez100 Fri 05-Apr-13 19:44:32

Our secondary 8.40 - 3.10

When I went to school 9.00 - 4.15 (not sure of dinner time length though as a lot of us went home for dinner back then. It could well have been over an hour.)

lapsedorienteerer Fri 05-Apr-13 19:46:00

Yr 5 Prep: 08.20 - 17.00 (inc 1 hour homework) or 18.00 with after school activity.
Yr 6-8 Prep: 08.20-18.00 (inc 1 hour homework) or 19.00 with after school activity.

bruffin Fri 05-Apr-13 21:13:28

Dcs school 8.50 to 3.30 mon-thursday and 3.15 Friday.

bruffin Fri 05-Apr-13 21:21:16

An early start for school is not a good idea. Teenagers dint get sleepy until much later but need more sleep. They found by moving the morning start time in some schools in the US they got better results and better behaviour. Some schools started at 7.30.

LillianGish Fri 05-Apr-13 21:26:02

Lycee Francais London - school day runs from 8.30am to 6pm and lessons can be timetabled at any time within those hours (with gaps). If you have a late start you can go in late, if you have an early finish you can leave early, if you have an early start and a late finish with a huge gap in the middle of the day too bad! Less than ideal I'd say.

Awizardsstaffhasaknobontheend Sat 06-Apr-13 12:18:45

8:00 to 6:00 Mon and Friday (includes 2 hours of games/pe on both days.
8:00 to 4:30 Tues, Wed and Thurs (unless you have a match on Wed)
Indi with boarders and day pupils

SprinkleLiberally Sat 06-Apr-13 12:24:36

8.40 til 3.15 with 45 mins lunch. State sec.

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