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Our academy day

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
School starts 9am 9am 9am 9am 9am
Lessons end 3.45pm 3.45pm 3.45pm 3.45pm 3.30pm
Electives 3.45pm - 4.30pm (Year 7 and 8 only) 3.45pm - 4.30pm (all year groups) - - -
Prep 3.45pm - 4.30pm (Year 9 - 13) - 3.45pm - 4.30pm (all year groups) 3.45pm - 4.30pm (all year groups) 3.30pm - 4.30pm (catch-up prep only)
Optional prep 4.30pm - 5.30pm 4.30pm - 5.30pm 4.30pm - 5.30pm - -

Each day starts for our students at 9am with form time or assembly. 

In form time students practise and develop their literacy and numeracy skills, learn about current affairs and discuss important topics, reflect on their week and set themselves targets, and discuss ideas to be put forward to the student council. Tutors get to know their students well as individuals so they can provide excellent pastoral support and care.

Reading is an important part of each day at Jane Austen College. Each morning there is time for reading for pleasure, or personalised reading and literacy support.

After this, students engage in a wide academic curriculum, attending five hour-long lessons and benefitting from the best teaching.

Breaks in the morning, afternoon, and for lunch ensure that students have time to relax and socialise too. Lunch is an important part of the day, with all students staying on site to enjoy their meal.

Throughout the day we instil in all our students the importance of good manners, courtesy, and respect, and help them to develop important social skills.

Our extended day means that we have time for prep built into the day – this is a lesson each day when students study independently. This takes the place of traditional homework and means that when students leave at the end of the day the focus is on quality family time, not homework.

On Mondays to Thursdays the school day finishes at 4.30pm, with the option for students to stay on for an extra prep session on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays until 5.30pm.

On Fridays students who have completed the week's prep tasks can leave at 3.30pm. Those who haven't will stay on for a further prep session and finish at 4.30pm. Students will be told by Thursday morning if they need to stay for catch-up prep on Friday.


Our electives are high-quality clubs and activities which students can choose from. Participation in electives is a compulsory part of our day. Electives take place during the school day on Mondays for Year 7 and 8s and on Tuesdays for all year groups.

Our electives change regularly but include activities such as:

  • Debating society
  • School magazine
  • School drama production
  • Science, technology, engineering, and maths
  • Chemistry
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Dance
  • Chess
  • Italian
  • Philosophy