Lesson Start Time

Lessons in our Sixth Form start at 1.30 pm and finish at 7 pm.

The later start time and condensed day affords students more independence over how they structure their day, and makes the best use of the 168 hours each week.

Sleep is of course an essential part of this and nine hours of good quality sleep keeps the mind in good healthy order and aids memory formation. There is also plenty of compelling evidence to suggest that teenagers are genetically predisposed to going to bed later at night than adults and getting up later in the morning.

Work of course takes up the largest part of the week. The expectation at A level is that for each subject you have five hours of lessons and five hours of homework each week. So with twenty hours of homework to do, you may well choose to do a couple of hours between breakfast and lunch and a couple of hours after dinner each day, which sounds a very healthy and manageable routine. You can fit this in going to bed around 10 or 11 pm and getting up at 7 or 8 am, or by staying up until 1 am and getting up at 10 am; whatever feels natural to you and fits in with your life.

Of course you may choose to fill some of your mornings with other things. With lessons starting after lunch this opens up a huge range of work experience and community service opportunities that would normally only be open to you out of term time. You can also take advantage of off-peak gym times or sports coaching.

Whatever you choose to do, the offset schedule should ensure that you are at least not spending your precious time stuck in rush hour traffic.