Organisation of School Days
TWFS's timetable will be distinctive in a number of ways. Firstly we propose to have Friday afternoons as 'flexible learning time', so that each family can choose to use the time in a way that best suits them. TWFS is unique in Tunbridge Wells for offering some flexi-schooling. This will give families the chance to spend time together, go on trips/outings, and extend their own learning. We believe children need time simply to be children, and to pursue their own interests.
Our timetables will demonstrate 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 will be six school terms a year. The length of each term will be 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 will move away from 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. Our shorter summer break will counter the well documented loss of momentum and attainment dip (particularly noticeable in reading levels in lower attaining children) over the long traditional summer holiday.