The College is changing the timetable for the 2018/2019 academic year.
We have gathered feedback from students and teachers to find a timetable that suits our wide range of courses. This timetable allows all courses enough teaching time to work through the curriculum and prepare students effectively for their assessments.
We are moving to 90-minute lessons this year, with lessons starting at 9.00am and going on until 4.05pm. A level students will have three 90-minute lessons per subject per week (nine lessons for three A levels or 12 lessons for 4 A levels), while BTEC students will have nine 90-minute lessons per week. Time will also be allocated to coaching, study skills and enrichment.
There is a 15-minute break in the morning (at 10.30am on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays and at 11.00am on Wednesdays and Thursdays). The lunch break is 45-minutes long and is staggered for Year 12 and Year 13 to ensure the refectory is not over-crowded. In the afternoon, there is a 5-minute break between lessons to allow students to move to their next classroom.
30-minute intervention slots have been added to the timetable on Wednesdays and Thursdays to allow teachers to provide one-to-one support for the students who need it. Students must make sure they are available at these times. They may also be asked to stay until 4.30pm on some days if further intervention is deemed necessary.
The reason for these changes is to raise standards overall and to narrow the achievement gaps. We recognise that while some students have embraced the independent study model very effectively, there are others who would benefit from greater intervention. Support for all students from their teachers remains a priority and we believe these changes will help all students to maximise their potential.