The School Day
There are currently 119 pupils at The Valley School, in Years 7 to 11. The pupils are registered in small form groups with their own tutor and usually, 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?
School starts at 8.50am. Pupils who travel independently or with parents should not arrive at school before 8.45am, as there are no staff on duty to supervise their safety. Pupils arriving by county transport should remain in the vehicle until staff are on duty. Pupils should walk sensibly down the ramp to the playground. They then enter by the dining room door where they will be allowed to wait sensibly in the dining room.
If a pupil arrives after 8.50am, they enter school by the main entrance door and they must then sign in at the Reception Desk. This must happen if a pupil arrives at any time during the day (for example if they have been to the dentist, doctors etc).
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 teaching areas have water dispensers available to pupils.
Lunch is served by year group on a weekly rota basis. 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.
During wet breaks and lunch time provision is made for all pupils to play indoor games, watch TV or spend time in the library.
At the end of the day all pupils return to their form groups for 5 minutes to review the day and then come down to the dining room with their tutors for taxi dismissal.
School finishes at 3.15pm. If you are collecting a pupil, you must come to the reception area at the main entrance and may wait inside the building. All children must be signed out by an adult before leaving the building.
What do I need to bring to school?
Pupils will be given a pupil planner which should be taken to all lessons, together with a pen and a pencil. Other writing equipment and pens are not essential and 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.
|8.45 – 8.55||Pupils arrive at school|
|8.55 – 9.05||Registration|
|9.05 – 9.30||Basic Skills|
|9.30 – 10.15||Lesson One|
|10.15 – 11.00||
|11.00 – 11.15||Break|
|11.15 – 12.00||Lesson Three|
|12.00 – 12.45||Lesson Four|
|12.45 – 1.30||Lunch|
|1.30 – 1.40||Registration|
|1.40 – 2.25||Lesson Five|
|2.25 – 3.10||Lesson Six|
|3.10 – 3.15||Dismissal time in form groups|
|3.15||End of school|
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.