Times of the School Day and the Introduction of Bells

Following consultation with students, parents and members of staff there are some changes to the school day this year.

Last academic year the Brune Park Student Council worked together with staff and students on improving punctuality across the School. This is because they recognised the importance of being on time and ready to learn in a school context but also the importance of being punctual in the world of work and society in general.

Brune Park Student Council, working with members of staff, decided to trial a bell system for three weeks. As the School had no operational bells system we introduced air horns which were sounded by staff at the correct times across the site to signal the start and end of lessons and breaktimes.  We then introduced transition times to allow everyone the opportunity to be at the right place, ready to learn on time – again at the suggestion of the Student Council. 

Both students and staff reported an improvement in punctuality which meant that lessons could have a crisp start and no learning time was lost. In view of this we installed a bell system over the summer holidays and we are delighted that it is now ready to use.  We have included transition bells before school and at the end of breaktimes to indicate when students should be moving to Tutor Time/assembly or their next lesson if they have not already done so.  We have also included transition time between Tutor Time and Lesson 1, Lessons 1 and 2 and Lessons 3 and 4 which is what a number of students and staff suggested would help lessons start well.

The times of the bells are as follows:

Time of Bell
8:25 (TB) Transition to Tutor Time
8:30 (SB) Start of Tutor Time
8:45 (TB) End of Tutor Time
8:50 (SB) Start of lesson 1
9:50 (TB) End of lesson 1
9:55 (SB) Start of lesson 2
10:55 End of lesson 2/ Start of Break 1
11:20 (TB) Transition time to be ready to learn at 11:25*
11:25 (SB) Start of lesson 3
12:25 (TB) End of lesson 3
12:30 (SB) Start of lesson 4
1:30 End of lesson 4/Start of Break 2
1:40 (TB) Transition time to be ready to learn at 1:45
1:45 (SB) Start of lesson 5
2:45 End of lesson 5/Start of lesson 6*
3:45 End of lesson 6*

*Lesson 6 is for Year 11 on a Wednesday only, the rest of the school will finish at the normal time of 2.45pm.

Students are asked to remember that the transition bells at the end of lessons are a signal for the member of staff they are with that it is time for them to move.

Transition bells before school and at the end of break allow students time to get to Tutor Time/Assembly.

Students will be asked to ensure that they are ready to learn by the time the start bell sounds.