St Paul’s Academy operates a significantly longer day than most secondary schools, working approximately four hours a week more than the statutory requirement. This gives students a tremendous advantage amounting to nearly an extra year’s education over five years, compared to some schools.
The 8.15am start also means that St Paul’s students have finished their journey before the rush hour and they go straight into period one where they are registered, as they are in all lessons. The school is open to students from 7am and students are welcome to make use of the study areas to assist their learning. After school, students are frequently still on the campus until 6pm either working or taking part in organised activities. Lessons at St Paul’s are 70 minutes. Period one includes a 15-minute breakfast break and period 4 allows 30 minutes for lunch. There are staggered breakfast and lunch breaks and there are no bells; it is the responsibility of each student to ensure that they return to class on time. Students are not allowed to leave the campus during the school day.
Advantages of the Academy day
The Academy day is designed to:
|Period 1||8:15 – 9:40 (includes 15 minutes breakfast)|
|Period 2||9:40 – 10:50|
|Tutor Time||10:50 – 11:20|
|Period 3||11:20 – 12:30|
|Period 4||12:30 – 2:10 (includes 30 minute lunch)|
|Period 5||2:10 – 3:20 (No period 5 on Wednesday)|
St Paul’s Academy has an excellent attendance record. Levels of attendance at school and absences which have been authorised consistently reach 99.12%, with actual attendance at school being at approximately 96%+. The Academy is committed to maintaining these very high standards and we work closely with parents and carers in order to achieve the best possible attendance and punctuality for all our students. Legally, we are required to register students twice a day, but at St Paul’s Academy, students are registered at the beginning of every lesson so that attendance can be easily and effectively monitored. In order to achieve the best possible educational outcomes and to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered at St Paul’s Academy, students are expected in school every day, unless they are ill and the school is notified by a parent or carer, or if prior permission for absence has been granted. If a parent wishes a student to be absent from school during term time, approval must be sought in writing from the Principal. Permission will not normally be granted for holidays to be taken in term time, but we are sensitive to the fact that many of our students have relatives living abroad and that emergencies can occur. In the event of persistent unauthorised absence, the school will work in partnership with the parents and carers and our School Attendance Advisory Officer.