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Useful things to know

The school day

The school day consists of six taught lessons each of 50 minutes, as well as two registrations, plus an assembly.

The timetable is as follows:

08.30 - 08.35Registration
08.35 - 08.50Assembly
08.50 - 09.40Lesson 1
09.40 - 10.30Lesson 2
10.30 - 10.50Break
10.50 - 11.40Lesson 3
11.40 - 12.30Lesson 4
12.30 - 13.00Lunch
13.00 - 13.30Club time
13.30 - 13.40Registration
13.40 - 14.30Lesson 5
14.30 - 15.20

Lesson 6


Term dates

Term Dates Academic Year 2017-2018


Autumn Term 2017


Monday 4th September 2017 (INSET) – School Closed to Students

Tuesday 5th September 2017 – Autumn Term Starts for Year 7 & 12 Only

Wednesday 6th September 2017 - All Other Secondary Year Groups Start

Half Term

Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October 2017



Friday 24th November (INSET) - School closed to Students

Thursday 21st December 2017 - Autumn Term ends for all Students 12.30pm

Spring Term 2018


Friday 5th January 2018 (INSET) - School closed to Students

Monday 8th January 2018 - Spring Term starts for all Students

Half Term

Monday 12th – Friday 16th February 2018



Friday 23rd February 2018 (INSET) - School closed to Students

Thursday 29th March 2018 - Spring Term ends for all Students 12.30pm

Summer Term 2018


Monday 16th April 2018 - Summer Term starts for all Students
Half Term

Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June 2018


Friday 20th July 2018 - Summer Term ends for all Students 12.30pm




At lunchtime students can do one of the following:

  1. Stay at school and have a school meal
  2. Stay at school and have a packed lunch in the school canteen.

We encourage as many students as possible to buy a school lunch as the food is good, nutritional and the kitchen staff are excellent.  We operate a cafeteria system.  Items are priced individually as ‘meal deals’ any may be purchased as in any other cafeteria.

Students in Years 7-11 are not allowed to leave the school site at lunchtime.

The library

The Library is open from 8.40am until 5.00pm.  It has many books to help with your work at school as well as books for pleasure.  There is also a computer room for you to use during break time, lunchtime and after school. 

You will be given your own library card; this can be used to take books home.

Homework club

There is an after school homework club in the library where you may do your homework.  Anyone can attend.  You do not have to go every day but you can if you want to.  The homework club opens at 3.30pm and closes at 5.00pm Monday-Thursday.  The librarian and a member of the Learning Support Team will be there every day to help you with your work.

Tutor groups

The member of staff who will be most important to you during your time at Samuel Ryder Academy will be your form tutor.  He or she will see you at least twice every day for registration, and will get to know you and help you to feel comfortable and safe during your time in school, so you can put all your effort into getting top results in your lessons.

We plan our tutor groups very carefully, trying to create a healthy balance between putting new students with people they know and like from primary school and giving them the opportunity to make new friends.

Your tutor group is a ‘ready-made’ group of friends.  There are inter-form and House competitions such as Sports Day.

Every tutor group will elect two form captains to represent their tutor group at House meetings.  You will also have the opportunity to nominate yourself for a position on the school cabinet.


Every member of the Samuel Ryder community, students and staff, as well as being in a tutor group and a year group, belongs to a House. 

As House members all students have a wide range of opportunities to work together and ‘compete’ against other students, the other Houses and even against themselves, earning House points in the process.


There are lots of really interesting assemblies for you to attend.  These are held on a rota basis which will be added at the beginning of term.

Finding your way around

A school map is given to all new students but if you do get lost there is always someone to help you. You can also print a school map too, just click here!

Medical room

If you feel unwell at school then you should report to reception to get any medical attention needed.

Your parents may also be contacted by the office if necessary.  If you require any form of medication then this would have been handed in to reception by your parents so that you can take it as and when required.


It is important that students are always nice and smart and that they are wearing the correct school uniform.  There are also some general rules about appearance and the other things that you are or are not allowed to wear. For more information about the correct school uniform please click here.

Travelling to school

If you want to come to school by bicycle, a secure bicycle rack is provided, although you should bring a lock for your bike.

For your own safety we strongly recommend that you wear a bicycle helmet.

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