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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 2015-2016

Autumn Term 2015

Tuesday 1 September 2015 (INSET) - school closed to students

Wednesday 2 September 2015 (Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Yr 7 and Year 12 only).
All other secondary year groups will start on Thursday 3 September 2015.       

Monday 7 September 2015 - Phased start - Reception staggered intake.

Monday 21 September 2015 - Reception start full days

Half TermMonday 26 October - Friday 30 October 2015

Friday 27 and Monday 30 November 2015 (INSET) - school closed to students

Friday 18 December 2015 at 12.30pm (All primary and all Secondary students)


Spring Term 2016

Monday 4 January 2016 (INSET) - school closed to students

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Friday 5 February 2016 (INSET) - school closed to students

Half TermMonday 15 February - Friday 19 February 2016

Friday 25 and Monday 28 March 2016 (EASTER PUBLIC HOLIDAY)

Friday 1 April 2016 at 12.30pm


Summer Term 2016

Monday 18 April 2016

Monday 2 May 2016 (BANK HOLIDAY)

Half TermMonday 30 May - Friday 3 June 2016

Thursday 21 July 2016, at 12.30pm (All primary and all Secondary students)

Friday 22 July 2016 (OCCASIONAL DAY) - school closed to students



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 or sandwich areas.

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, videos and DVDs 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.  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 elects a form representative to join the Student Council.


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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