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The School Day

Our mission is simple – to empower you to be the best version of yourself!

In order for you to fulfil your potential, it has to be a team effort; we cannot do this without you.

We’ve found that how you start your day tends to impact how positive the rest of your day will be. This is why we therefore encourage students to sign in at least 5 minutes before our school start time of 8:45 am.

If you arrive early, please sensibly wait in the reception area until you are collected by staff members at 8:50 am.

The school day begins at 8:50 am each morning.

Registration period will take place between 8:50 am – 9:00 am, and you will follow your daily routine, which can be found in the Rules and Regulations document within your Induction Pack, alongside your timetable.

At Arco Academy, we recognise the importance of the first meal of the day, which is why you are invited to join us for our Breakfast Club every morning between 9:00 am – 9:15 am.

From 9:15 am – 9:30 am, we have our Book Club sessions called Everyone Reads at Arco aka ‘ERA’. This is a daily activity to raise the importance of reading, develop students’ literacy and to promote a love of reading. Upon admission, each child is registered at our local library, and they take ownership of their books. You will find this application form in your induction pack.

Assemblies take place every Tuesday from 9:15 am – 9:30 am. Consequently, this is the only day in which ERA does not take place.

Lessons start promptly at 9:30 am everyday.

Each lesson lasts 45 minutes. Every student at Arco is timetabled in for a weekly mentoring session. This is something we strongly encourage, as all students who consistently access and engage with their mentoring programme experiences positive short and long-term changes.

Your mentoring timetable will rotate every 2 weeks to avoid you missing out on the same lessons.

You will have one short 5 minute break at 10:15 am, and a lunchtime break from 11:50 am – 12:30 pm. Additional break times or time out can be granted if there is a genuine need and will be included in your Individual Educational Plan (IEP).

Your timetable will be tailored to your needs and will be presented to you and your parents/carers on your induction day. This is subject to change in line with your progress and therefore different needs.

We strongly believe in the positive benefits that sport and physical activity can add to your school and personal life, and we are excited to offer you a form of physical activity every day at Arco!

You can find out more about our curriculum here. Policy



Homework will be set on the last lesson of the week, and it is due back on the first lesson of the following week.

Teachers set homework via Microsoft Teams, which then directs them to which website to complete the work set. For example:

  • Mathematics will be set on MathsWatch.
  • English will be set on Bedrock.
  • Science will be set on Seneca.

If you are having difficulty with any homework, or simply ran out of time to complete an assignment, you’ll have the opportunity to complete the remainder of your homework during our independent learning session which takes place every Friday from 9:30 – 10:30 am., as well as in our After School Homework Club which happens on Tuesdays from 3-4 pm.

You can download our homework timetable here.

The End of the School Day

The school day ends at 2:50 pm, with the exception of Fridays when you will finish at 12:30 pm, allowing teachers the time to up-skill, plan and prepare a better school life for you.

To ensure you safely get home, each day after school, you will be walked to the bus stop by members of staff and expected to follow the rules and regulations as described at induction meeting and detailed in your induction pack.

If your home is within walking distance of the school, you will be supervised until you are dismissed off the school premises. With your parent/carer’s written permission, you may make your own way home. Please note, the rules and regulations still applies to you.

If you are being collected, only authorised adults are allowed onsite to collect you.


Enrichment Activities

We have a range of fun and interesting enrichment activities after school which we encourage all students to attend. This is another opportunity to nurture your talents, expand or help you find out your interests. Activities start at 3pm – 4pm Monday – Thursday

If you wish to attend enrichment, we will require a signed parental/carer consent for each club.

We endeavour to make all clubs FREE. Free refreshments will be provided between 2:50- 3pm

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Year 11 can be daunting and sometimes students can find this time the most challenging for many different reasons.

We recognise this and want to help take some of the anxiety so each year from Autumn term 2, we host our year 11 intervention sessions.

We use this time to work on helping students to make more rapid progress in learning. They can work on strategies and techniques to improve their skillset, and to consolidate and reinforce the learning done in school.

Our results show that all students who have consistently attended our year 11 interventions class, have all achieved their expected grade and in some cases have surpassed

Based on your inevitable progress, we would encourage you to commit and attend all interventions. We would require parental/carer consent for each intervention session.

The Intervention Timetable will be published in Autumn Term 2.