Organisation of School Days
TWFS's timetable is distinctive in a number of ways. Our school day starts at 8am and finishes at 2.30pm. This enables pupils to access teaching at a point in the day when they are at their most receptive. It also helps working parents, and when combined with the after school care club, enables us to offer 8-6 provision, five days a week.
Friday afternoons are designated as 'flexible learning time', when families can choose to use the time in a way that best suits them. This optional facility gives families the chance to spend time together, go on trips/outings, and extend their own learning. A range of enrichment activities takes place in school for those pupils remaining.
Our timetable demonstrates how cross-curricular themes predominate across each day, allowing for extended continuation of learning. As well as allowing children time to develop ideas, and reach satisfactory progress in their activities, these extended sessions provide plenty of time for plenaries to consolidate learning objectives, and to receive effective feedback.
Organisation of School Terms
There are six school terms a year. The length of each term is kept as even as possible, being of either six or seven weeks followed by a holiday of two weeks. In August the holiday will be extended to four weeks. We will overlap with Kent County Council half term breaks and holidays as far as possible to ease the logistical problems for parents who have siblings at other schools. However, the summer mid-term break is not during the traditional late May bank holiday enabling a much more balanced summer term and an excellent opportunity for an off-peak mid-June family holiday. A four week summer break in August completes the holiday cycle. We believe this break from the traditional six week summer holiday will go some way to reducing the well documented learning loss that can occur over a longer break from school.
As with all state funded schools, we are not able to authorise family holidays in term time, except in exceptional circumstances. Please do come and speak to us in school if you have any questions about this.