Term Dates

Term Dates 2020 / 2021

Autumn Term 2020

Note: Staff INSET Day on Tuesday 1 September

Term Starts

Wednesday 2 September (year 7 only)

Thursday 3 September (year 8 and 9)

Half Term

Monday 26 October – Friday 30 October

Term Ends

Friday 18 December (12:30 finish)


Monday 21 December – Friday 1 January

Spring Term 2021

Note: Staff INSET Day on Monday 4 January

Term Starts

Tuesday 5 January

Half Term

Monday 15 February – Friday 19 February

Term Ends

Thursday 1 April


Friday 2 April – Friday 16 April

Summer Term 2021

Note: May Day Bank Holiday: Monday 3 May

Staff INSET Days: Monday 5 July

Monday 19, Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 July 

Term Starts

Monday 19 April

Half Term

Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June

Term Ends

Friday 16 July (12:30 finish)


Monday 19 July


The term dates for the 2021 - 2022 academic year will be published shortly.

Timings of the Day

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Please note: Due to Covid19 guidelines, we have temporarily amended the timings of the day.

The amended timings can be found here

09:00 – 09:20

Personal Tutor Time

09:20 – 10:10

Lesson 1

10:10 – 11:00

Lesson 2

11:00 – 11:20


11:20 – 12:10

Lesson 3

12:10 – 13:00

Lesson 4

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 14:50

Lesson 5

14:50 – 15:40

Lesson 6


09:00 – 09:50

Lesson 1

09:50 – 10:40

Lesson 2

10:40 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:50

Personal Tutor Time

11:50 – 12:40

Lesson 4

12:40 – 13:20


13:20 – 14:10

Lesson 5

14:10 – 15:00

Lesson 6

15:00 – 17:00

Professional Learning Time


We are recruiting!


Application deadline: 9:00am Friday 27th November 2020

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