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Timing of the School Day

The school is open Monday to Friday from 8.15am until 5pm 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
13.50 Tutor Time
14.20 Lesson 5
15.20 Break
15.30 - 16.30  Optional extra-curricular activities

Travel to & from school

Students are encouraged to travel to school under their own steam, rather than being driven. There are covered cycle racks on site.

  • Students who walk to school may wear trainers en route but must change into school shoes immediately upon arrival.
  • Students cycling to school must wear a cycle helmet and obey the highway code at all times. The school runs ‘bikeability’ courses for those cycling to school.
  • Students scooting to school must show care and consideration for other pavement users and always give way to pedestrians.
  • Students who are driven to school must be dropped off safely, away from the marked yellow zig-zags. It is illegal to stop on these, even for a short period. Children with mobility difficulties may be dropped off in the school car park.

During September the school carries out a travel to school survey as part of our 'travel plan'.

Students who live further than three miles from the school and for whom The Swanage School is the closest secondary school are entitled to free bus travel (from Dorset County Council). If you think you are eligible for free bus travel but have not received your bus pass, then please contact the school.