The School Day

There are currently 152 pupils at The Valley School, in Years 7 to 11.   The pupils are registered in small form groups with their own tutor and a Learning Partner.

The school day consists of six lessons in order to enhance flexibility within the curriculum. Within each lesson pupils will be involved in a variety of activities including some time working individually and in some practical or group work.

How do we do it?

Please note that the entrance is on Broadhall Way.  A one-way system for traffic operates in the school grounds and the exit takes traffic out into Valley Way.  Please do not come in the gate at Valley Way.  Parents/Carers should not drive and park in the school grounds at the start of the day or at the end of the day to drop off or collect their child, for health and safety reasons. They can however join the queue of taxis and minibuses to drop off and collect in this way by prior arrangement.

At morning break in dry weather pupils are expected to go outside to the playground to benefit from the fresh air. They may buy a snack from the tuck shop or bring something to eat or drink from home. All pupils have their own water bottles.

Lunch is served in year groups during our family meal time where students have dedicated time where they can eat and chat together. Pupils may bring packed lunch or can have the healthily balanced school dinners which offer excellent value for money. The school office provides information about free school dinners.

We offer a variety of lunchtime clubs and these can be found in our Clubs Section of the Website.

At the end of the day pupils return to their form group for 10 minutes then follow the normal end of of day dismissal.

What do I need to bring to school?

All stationary equipment such as pen, pencils, rulers etc  will be supplied in the classes if needed.  You should make a note of the days when PE kit is required.  This may be kept in the lockers – but please arrange to have it washed regularly.


9.00Tutor Time – Assemblies
9.20Lesson 1
10.05Lesson 2
11.00 Lesson 3
11.45 Lesson 4
12.30Family Mealtime
1.00Social Time & Clubs
1.35Lesson 5
2.20Lesson 6
3.00Tutor time
3.10End of the day

Pupils are expected to attend school every day.

Parents are asked to ensure that independent travellers leave home in plenty of time to arrive at school promptly each day.

Parents are asked to notify the school of any absence from school in advance where possible and certainly on the first day of absence through illness.

It is not expected that pupils will go on family holidays during the school term time, the headteacher is under no obligation to approve any such absence.