Where relationships are at the heart of the school and
the school is at the heart of the community

Timing of the School Day

The school is open Monday to Friday from 8.15am until 4.30pm for students unless activities or events are taking place.

8.30   Registration
8.40 Lesson 1
9.40 Lesson 2
10.40 Break
11.00 Lesson 3
12.00 Lesson 4
13.00 Lunch
13.40 Tutor Time
14.20 Lesson 5
15:20 Break
15.30 - 16.30  Optional extra-curricular activities



Every student will receive a school planner, which has a number of purposes:

  • To record learning objectives through the school day
  • To organise and record homework, including deadlines and ticks on completion
  • To evaluate the learning that has taken place in their Learning Log

The planner is an integral part of the learning process. Students record their learning objectives, and evaluate the extent to which these are achieved. Students use their planner retrospectively to ensure that gaps in learning are filled.

Parents and teachers will monitor the planner and engage in regular learning conversations with the students to ensure the learning journey is on track.

Tutor Time

The Swanage School operates a vertical tutor group system in line with ‘human scale education’ principles. Vertical tutor groups are made up of all year groups which enable relationships to be forged across the school rather than just in year groups creating a real sense of school community. Tutor groups register every morning and every afternoon together.

Morning registration is 10 minutes long and allows students to welcome and be welcomed as well as having time to prepare for the day.

Afternoon tutor time is 40 minutes long. This time is used for whole-school assemblies, house assemblies, inter-house competitions, time for reflection, peer mentoring and so on.