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Our School Day

Monday - Friday

Tutor: 8.40am – 9.00am
Speed Reading: 9.00am – 9.15am
Period 1: 9.20am – 9.50am
Period 2: 9.55am – 10.25am
Period 3: 10.30am – 11.00am
Break: 11.00am – 11.15am
Period 4: 11.15am – 11.45am
Period 5: 11.50am – 12.20pm
Lunch: 12.20pm – 12.50pm
Period 6: 12.50pm – 1.20pm
Period 7: 1.25pm – 1.55pm
Period 8: 2.00pm - 2.30pm
Transport home: 2.30pm

At Gilbert Ward Academy we believe strongly in decisions being based in what research and evidence tells us is best for meeting the needs of our pupil cohort and we have applied this approach in the development of our school day.

Our school day will begin at 08:40 and end at 14:30. Research has demonstrated that earlier start and finish times are beneficial for pupils with SEMH needs, as it allows them to be more focused and engaged in school activities during the morning hours when their minds are more refreshed and alert. This supports academic attainment and emotional well-being.

The new school day will begin with breakfast that offers an opportunity for pupils and staff to check in with one another, fostering stronger relationships. Studies have shown that positive pupil-teacher connections bolster academic success and social-emotional growth.

Following breakfast, pupils will participate in tutor time before moving on to five 45 minute lessons per day. This modified structure ensures that four of these lessons take place before lunch, as research indicates that pupils with SEMH needs fare better academically when they engage in more focused learning earlier in the day.

We have also incorporated mindfulness/sensory circuit sessions and reflection time into our school day. This approach aids in supporting pupils' emotional regulation. Studies have proven the positive impact of mindfulness and sensory-integrated activities on alleviating stress, enhancing focus, and supporting emotional regulation in children with SEMH needs.

We are confident that our school day structure will lead to a supportive, nurturing, and effective learning environment for our pupils.