What time do you leave school?

(58 Posts)
Euphemia Mon 04-Feb-13 19:23:14

Is there an expectation that you'll be there until 5pm? Is anything said if you choose to leave earlier?

TheNebulousBoojum Mon 04-Feb-13 19:26:47

Usually around 5.45, because the premises officer locks up just before 6.
If you leave earlier no one minds because we all work our arses off and everyone knows that. We don't have anyone on our 2 form entry staff who regularly leaves before 5.

BigcatLittlecat Mon 04-Feb-13 19:27:04

Our school shuts at 5. Sometimes people leave just after the children and sometimes stay until they kicked out. Our head lets us get on with it as long as the work is done!
Sometimes I have a bad day and all I want to do is get home! Today got all my marking done and left at 4.45.
I thought that after school was not part of directed time unless it was a meeting.
Probably not helpful but that's what happens with us!

In leave at 3:30 every day because I have to pick up DS at 3:45.
I used to work until 6, but my return from mat leave coincided with a new head, who doesn't expect us to work long hours. I do have to work once DS is in bed. I do all my work at home and generally work until quite late. Some other members of staff have commented about me leaving early.

Every day apart from staff meeting day that should have said.

Panzee Mon 04-Feb-13 19:50:06

4.15 or so, have to pick up son from nursery after that. Our school is not big on presenteeism, there is an informal agreement to be there 10 minutes before and after school but that's all.

ReluctantMother Mon 04-Feb-13 19:51:06

I leave at 5 as I have to pick DP up from work just after and then ds from childcare at 6. It is very varied at my school: some people are out the door at four, and many still there at seven.

happilyconfused Mon 04-Feb-13 20:01:50

Get in at 8. Leave at 5 to 5.15 apart from twilight training then it is 6.10 and parents evenings

chocolateshoes Mon 04-Feb-13 20:06:33

I get in at 8 but often leave by 4 (we finish at 3.05), sometimes earlier to pick up DS. But I'm part time and work pretty much all day on my days off, and often in the evenings. Obviously if I have a meeting I'm there til nearer 5.

abbierhodes Mon 04-Feb-13 20:16:08

Normally around 4.30/4.45. Around once a week I stay until 6ish, and once a week I leave before 4 to pick DS up from a club. Once every couple of weeks I treat myself to leaving 'on the bell' which, in reality is ten minutes after!
I regularly work until 11 once the kids are in bed though, and most of Sunday afternoons.

At our place it varies massively, and as long as you're doing your job no one cares. Which is as it should be IMO. I can't imagine working somewhere you're expected to be on the premises just for show. Hate 'presenteeism'.

Hulababy Mon 04-Feb-13 20:21:40

No expectation at my school to stay late. Some people do, some prefer to take work home to do there. No one notes any leaving times and no one cares how others work so long as the work is done.

FelicityWasCold Mon 04-Feb-13 20:23:32

At our place we can come and go as we like as long as the lessons get taught and ALL the work gets done.

One of the many reasons I love the independent sector- directed time does not exist as a concept.

ninah Mon 04-Feb-13 21:40:54

8-5.30 here I like to get as much done as possible while at school

PopMusic Mon 04-Feb-13 22:54:05

I work part time. Get in between 8 and 8.15. Leave most days by 4.15, occasionally leave at 3.30 to collect DS and sometimes leave after 4.30 but only if I am having a gossip. luckily, meeting takes place on a day i don't work. I work 3 days a week. At home, one evening I do the planning for the areas i am responsible for and one morning, I catch up with the books I'm responsible for.

TwllBach Mon 04-Feb-13 22:59:11

I aim to get in at 7.45 and leave at ten to five. I'm an NQT though. Nearly everybody else in school arrives at 8.30 and leaves at 3.45.

Clary Mon 04-Feb-13 23:01:57

I leave between 3.45 and 4.15 at the absolute latest (unless I have a meeting or p eve!)

I am far from being the first person to go. School finishes 3.30. I get in before 8 and do lots of work in the evenings; I just can't be late at school as I need to wrangle my kids between 4.30 and 6pm.

AFAIK it's not an issue.

ninah Mon 04-Feb-13 23:11:22

pop, what's 3 days a week like? does it give you your life back?

PopMusic Mon 04-Feb-13 23:26:33

I am a supply teacher whose contract just keeps getting extended and extended. I love working just three days a week. But I have a very good professional working relationship with my partner teacher - communication is key. We also have quite a similar style of teaching which helps. We split the planning and the books down the middle so that's half the workload. I love where I work - the foundation team is brilliant.

Even as a permanent teacher, I went to part time as soon as I came back from maternity leave. I don't know how parents of young children manage on a full time basis. I definitely have my life back, I would never teach full time ever again. I get time to spend the weekends with my DS because I am not marking/planning. I get time to watch crappy tv, I go see a film in the weeknight and not worry about feeling too tired the next day and I'm not exhausted all the time.

I agree Pop, even with a one year old who doesn't sleep, I'm not as tired now as when I used to work full time.

zingally Tue 05-Feb-13 13:29:45

Usually between 4:45 and 5:15. Tends towards the latter end of that though. I try and arrive in school for 8am.

noblegiraffe Tue 05-Feb-13 13:37:38

I also work 3 days a week, although spread over 5 days as I am secondary maths and have to work to fit the timetable.

I agree that I've got my life back, I do most of my work at school, work the occasional couple of hours in the evening and a bit on Sunday, and I also get to spend plenty of time with my DS. Couldn't go back to working full time now, it's insane.

ninah Tue 05-Feb-13 16:01:49

I am really, really tired. Mind you we have just had the Big O.

Euphemia Tue 05-Feb-13 17:01:57

I've just taken on a FT post after a few years of PT/supply. Regretting it! Where's my liiiiiffffeee? sad

Arisbottle Tue 05-Feb-13 18:38:29

6pm. Most of our staff are still in at 5pm.

AViewfromtheFridge Tue 05-Feb-13 18:49:44

I get in about 30 seconds before briefing starts, but will generally stay until about half five, when the computer system shuts down. I can't work at home, so a couple of hours at school a day means I keep on top of everything. Occasionally I'll stay later or go for an early dart, no one keeps track though. Except maybe on the mornings when I arrive 30 seconds after briefing starts and I have to sneak in.

FourArms Tue 05-Feb-13 19:53:48

I get in for 8.15 and leave at 4.15. But work at least 2 hrs per night & 10 hrs min each w/e sad

Arisbottle Tue 05-Feb-13 20:11:25

10 hours at the weekend is a lot, I could not do that, although spead over the week I probably do the same if not more hours, but the thought of having to give up weekend time sounds awful

pudding25 Tue 05-Feb-13 20:15:04

I work 3 days. Get in about 7.30-7.45am and leave about 5.30 although will stay later if DH can get DD. I also do lots of work on days off...Hate it.

deleted203 Tue 05-Feb-13 20:19:11

I generally leave about half an hour after end of school day, as it takes me that long faffing about with things for tomorrow. Many staff leave immediately. I've worked in places where everyone seems to stay much later than that, but I generally prefer to take work home if I have to. There is no expectation at our place for staff to stay on for hours. Nothing is said to those who are driving out of the gates before the school buses are even off the premises grin. (Which is the way it should be, IMO. We are professionals who can manage our own time effectively).

cece Tue 05-Feb-13 20:23:30

If I have to pick up the Ds's from their cm then I leave at 4.50pm - 5pm. Any later than that and I don't get to them in time.

If no cm run then I stay till past 6pm.

I tend to get into work at 8.15 - 8.30 am as I have 3 children to drop off in 3 different places before I can set off for work!

Arisbottle Tue 05-Feb-13 21:12:16

I suspect it may be different in a secondary school, many of our staff are running revision class, sports clubs or other enrichment activities.

abbierhodes Tue 05-Feb-13 21:30:49

Arisbottle, I work in a secondary school and it's rare that clubs and revision classes go on past 4. Parents evenings, sports events and concerts/plays yes, but not on a day to day basis.

Arisbottle Tue 05-Feb-13 22:30:44

Just goes to show that schools differ. Our school days end at 3:30, we then have a break for 15 mins when staff and students get a break or go home. Start again at 3:45.

I am quite typical and run one lunch time club, one after school club, and at least one revision session a week. That is before I have set any detentions, organised any meetings etc.

deleted203 Tue 05-Feb-13 23:36:15

I work in a secondary school too. Because we are a rural area there are very few 'after school' sessions as many parents simply could not pick kids up and there is no public transport.

cricketballs Wed 06-Feb-13 00:58:51

I get in work about 7.10 to set up for the day (most staff don't get in until after 8.15) and I leave about 15 mins after the end of the school day unless there is a meeting. I do work at home. I got into this habit as I can't settle in the morning unless every thing is there and ready to go for the day so I go in early to ensure all resources etc are there for every lesson; I leave early as I prefer to sort out my own home/dc etc then I work after everyone has had their tea, homework done and they have settled down for the night.

Luckily I have never worked in a school where this monitoring takes place although I have had HoDs/colleagues that seem to think the visible approach (even if they have nothing to do!) is the way to do things

eviekingston Wed 06-Feb-13 11:37:35

I get in at 7.50am and leave at 6pm when the caretaker kicks us out. I honestly couldn't leave any earlier, I have so much stuff to do. And I very much resent it. I would say 80% of the staff do the same. Our head claims that she wants us to have a work/life balance and we can leave after 4.30pm but the reality is that the amount of work we have to do makes that impossible. I find that I actually work much longer days now that I am only part time! We have a signing in/out book which the new head introduced a couple of years ago, so I'm sure she is loving being able to see who is sneaking off early! Don't know if that is standard practise?

TheNebulousBoojum Wed 06-Feb-13 19:12:04

Yes, we clock in and clock out.

Euphemia Wed 06-Feb-13 19:36:32

We have a signing in and out book which we are told is for the fire register but I wonder ...!

BrianButterfield Wed 06-Feb-13 19:42:24

No presenteeism at my school (well, some departments do but not mine!). I leave any 3.45 most days now to pick up DS. I get in at 8 though. I'd be twiddling my thumbs until 5 - have been teaching 10 years, have a KS3- heavy timetable and plenty of frees so not much planning to do and spare time for my marking. Still manage to do a good job and am a better, happier teacher for having a work-life balance.

muminthecity Wed 06-Feb-13 22:48:21

I'm a TA and arrive by 8.30am. All of the teachers arrive earlier than me. I leave at 6pm as I also manage the after school club. No teachers leave before 5.30pm, most leave around the same time as me, except on a Friday.

MariusEarlobe Wed 06-Feb-13 22:59:16

The one I worked at I was always first In at 8.15 and last out at 4. In dds school i see them leave at 7pm.

littlestressy Wed 13-Feb-13 21:56:06

I normally get in about 8-8.15 and like to leave by 4.30 to get home for my DS. I work 3 days a week and try to get my work done on the evenings I work, doesn't always work like that though.
I don't like the idea of singing in/out. Who cares what time I leave as long as it's all done?

ninah Thu 14-Feb-13 13:34:13

the signing out systems I have come across in the past were genuinely for fire regs - you indicated if you were in, and then when you left again. You did not have to indicate a time.

almapudden Thu 14-Feb-13 20:17:39

I get in between 7.30-7.45 and leave between 5 and 6 depending on how busy I am and whether I'm running a club (clubs at my school run from 4-5pm). There's a parents' evening or an evening function once every two weeks on average, and then I leave at around 8.30.

I rarely bring work home, though. I have colleagues who routinely work until 8pm and/or come in at the weekend but, to be honest, I don't know what they're doing. I'd be twiddling my thumbs if I were at school for that long!

kittencuddles Mon 18-Feb-13 08:08:39

I get in at 7.30ish but usually leave by 5. I'm a morning person!

Astr0naut Wed 20-Feb-13 20:19:43

3.15 to pick the kids up from nursery. I could stay and work, but I'd feel guilty for not seeing them.I know other mums with small children stay in work and are 'seen' to be working, which makes me look bad. Sadly no one sees me working from 7-10 every night. And I'm 0.8! But English marking is ridiculous - as is constantly catching up with AQA's exam/ca spec changes.

Astr0naut Wed 20-Feb-13 20:20:34

I get there at 8.10, as we start at 8.40. This may be a problem when ds goes to school, as breakfast club doesn't start til 8.15.

Phineyj Mon 25-Feb-13 12:09:24

4-5pm - school finishes at 3.40pm and there's no expectation that we stay if we don't have anything specific to do. We're supposed to be off site by 6pm I think but in practice as we rent the buildings out they are open very late. I much prefer to work at home though.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 25-Feb-13 17:41:06

I get in at 7.45 and leave about 4.45 to get home for the kids.

I than work after they have gone to bed

I tend to prepare at school and mark at home

Knowsabitabouteducation Thu 28-Feb-13 20:37:08

I get in a 7.45 for a 9.05 start.

School finishes at 4pm, but I have to do late duty once a week until 6pm (I can do my own work, mostly). I stay late (5.15) twice a week because DD in the same school has activities (again, I can do my own work). I have duties after school three days a week until 4.20.

Basically, two days a week, I can leave by 4.30. That's fine by me.

I get in between 6:30-7 and leave by 4ish three nights a week (two meeting nights). I work for 2-3 hours after DD is in bed each evening

BrigitBigKnickers Tue 05-Mar-13 00:02:58

We are expected to be in school from 8.30-4pm but most work a hell of a lot longer than that.
I work:
-8am-6pm on two of my days (one includes a meeting.)
-8am-4.30pm on the other
-at least half of one of my days off spent working at home.

On my work days I also do three lunchtime clubs, one after school club and an assembly every week.

I work three days a week.

I think I offer pretty good value for money!

DameDoom Sat 09-Mar-13 14:33:00

I have a major routine and I live literally 5 mins away from work. I get in at 7am and leave at 7pm Mon-Thurs. I never take work home apart from report writing and anything additional. On Friday I leave at 5 and go to the pub with friends from work. This works for me as I have weekends free... obviously, I don't have children.

DameDoom Sat 09-Mar-13 14:46:06

PS - don't listen to me - just noticed 60 pieces of 'to be APP'd' English' languishing on dining room table, cunningly hidden under a pile of mail and unread Grazias.Think my 'anything additional' comment was a sublim. attempt to make myself feel organised.

StuffezLaBouche Sun 10-Mar-13 14:46:46

I get in between 6:30 and 7 as my mind is much more alive in the early morning. One night a week (meeting) I leave at five, but the rest I leave between 3:45 and 4:15. Similar hours for the rest of the staff. In previous school there was a tendency to wait until the Head was around then mention casually you were in until SIX THIRTY the night before, and your husband's starting to forget what you look like.. (Yeah well done, love!)
Bitter, moi? :-)

InTheoryBut Sun 10-Mar-13 17:46:11

I get in at 7.50 on the three days I work. Two days see me in a meeting from 3.30 til 5.30, when I have to leave to get kids. Third day sees me marking frantically til 5.30 deadline, as all books are handed in every week for marking and presentation scrutiny, matched against planning on a Friday evening. No time to do anything else in school - resourcing stuff, displays, talking to colleagues/sencos, tidying, sorting classroom, setting up any new areas/initiatives... My resignation is going in shortly because of it hmm.

spudmasher Sun 10-Mar-13 17:51:51

Wow. I'm in the wrong school! In at 7.35 out at 6pm 3 nights, 5 pm one and 3.45 another. Some nights I'm there till 7pm. About once a fortnight. I am deputy head though.

twinkle1010 Sat 16-Mar-13 15:40:35

I get into school at 8am work will 5ish monday (staff meeting) 6ish Tuesday (SMT) leave at about 4.45pm on wednesday and then 4pm on thursday and friday. This is my work life balance I make sure I leave early on those two nights and then I get to do something with my DD before tea and bedtime. It works for me.

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