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School Day

Before School

Students will be expected to arrive at school in either their full winter school uniform or PE kit (if they have a PE lesson that day). They will also be expected to bring their full pencil case along with their exercise books and Knowledge Organisers for the day. When arriving on site, students are expected to wash their hands at one of the many hand-washing stations situated around school.

Line Up

A typical school day will see students beginning with AM lineup in the playground. After assembling in their tutor groups, they then proceed in silence behind their form tutor to their respective classrooms.

Morning Registration

After the tutor has completed the morning register, students will receive important notices and tutors will check students are fully equipped and ready to learn. Years 7, 8 & 9 will also read from a designated book as part of the 'Aquinas Canon'. At the end of registration, students pray with their form tutors before proceeding on to their first lessons of the day.

Morning Lessons - Period 1 & 2

After morning registration, Knowledge Organiser, exercise book and pencil case in hand, proceed to their first two lessons of the day. At the start of every lesson, they are greeted by their teachers before being asked to sit down. 

1st Lunch

All students receive two 30-minute breaks in the day. Lunches are split into two sittings to allow for efficient service whilst maintaining appropriate social distancing. 
During "1st lunch", years 7, 8 & 9 will be allowed the opportunity of receiving a hot meal cooked by our canteen staff. Students in years 10, 11 & 6th-form will be able to socialise in their respective bubble zones whilst adhering to social distancing rules.
At the end of 1st lunch, within their designated zones, students in years 7 and 8 will line-up in groups according to their timetables for period 3. They will then proceed in silence behind their teacher ready to begin their next lesson. Students in year 9-11 and 6th form will proceed straight to their next lesson.

Afternoon Lessons - Period 3 & 4

After being escorted from their line-up zone by their teacher, students will then proceed with their 3rd lesson of the day before being released and moving to their 4th lesson of the day.

2nd Lunch

During "2nd lunch", years 10, 11 and 6th-Form will receive their opportunity for a hot meal prepared by our canteen staff. Students in years 7, 8 & 9 will be able to socialise in their respective bubbles zones whilst adhering to social distancing rules. As with 1st Lunch, students in years 7 & 8 will complete 2nd lunch by lining up in their groups before being escorted to period 5 by their teacher.

Afternoon Lessons - Period 5

After being escorted from their line-up zone by their teacher, students will then proceed with their 5th & final lesson of the day.

PM Registration

After completing their final lesson of the day, students will proceed back to their tutor bases for afternoon registration. During this period, their tutor will confirm details of any consequences incurred during the day. Those with consequences will then be escorted to the detention queue. Those without consequences will be expected to leave the school site and make their way home as quickly as possible.