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Our school day

The school opens for pupils at 7.30 am when Wraparound club begins. At 8.45 am the children are to be taken to their classes and the supervision then becomes the responsibility of the member of staff in class.

School starts officially at 8.45am and finishes at 3.15pm. This equates to 32.5 hours per week. Children are expected to use this time to complete any closing the gap tasks from their writing and maths books.  Nominated staff will supervise the doors and corridors with senior staff will be on the main gate between 8.45-9.00 am.

The register will be completed by 9.05am.


9am—11.30am     Session 1

12.30pm—3.15pm   Session 2

As the children have an emphasis on the outdoor classroom they do not have playtimes during the two sessions.

All children in the Foundation Stage must be collected by a named adult. Older siblings can only collect when a letter has been received by the school from the Parents/Guardians authorising this. The Principal has to agree to this and this is to be displayed on the teacher board in the classroom. The children in the     Foundation Stage are brought to school by an adult. A password arrangement is operated in Reception, Years 1 and 2.

Children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 have FREE school fruit during the morning. Reception children have free school milk up until they are 5 years of age. All children in all years have the opportunity to purchase toast for during the morning.

Key Stage 1 and 2

Children in KS1 have a morning break from 10.25am-10.45am.  Children in KS2 have a break at 11.00-11.15am or 11.15-11.30am. All children in all years have the opportunity to purchase toast for during the morning.  All children are walked into the main playground. They are collected from the playground by an adult at the end of break.

Lunchtimes are staggered:

Reception: 11.30am-12.30pm

Year 1: 11.45pm-12.45pm

Year 2: 12.00-1.00pm

Year 3: 12.15pm-1.15pm

Year 4: 12.15pm-1.15pm

Year 5: 12.30pm-1.30pm

Year 6: 12.30pm—1.30pm


No children should bring sweets, chocolate or drinks in with them to eat in the playground. Children are allowed to bring a piece of fruit to eat at playtime. The only other food brought in should be part of a packed lunch that will be eaten in the dining hall

End of day routine

All children finish the school day at 3.15pm.

At the end of the day all children should be collected by a named adult.  Older siblings can only collect when a  letter has been received by the school from the Parents/Guardians authorising this and when the Principal has agreed.  These details should be kept on a teacher board in the classroom. Passwords should be used if another adult is collecting the child in the event of an emergency and the school should be notified in advance by parents of any change.

Children in Years 1-6 are dismissed from the playground (leaving via Dawlish Road). A member of staff is to take the children onto the playground and only dismiss a pupil when they see the adult collecting the child. It is the responsibility of the staff member to ensure children are dismissed in a safe manner.

All the children have free access to water throughout the day. They each have a water bottle that is named and kept in school.

Children in Year 6 can go home by themselves but the Principal or Vice Principal should talk to the children and parents and be aware of any arrangement. A letter giving parental permission must be given to the school before a child is allowed to walk home by themselves. The Principal has to agree to this and details should be displayed on the noticeboard in the School Office and on a notice board in the classroom.


As a school we follow the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). It is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning. Pupils and staff are dedicated alike and this is seen through the level enthusiasm in teaching, learning and extra curricular activities.

A combination of the IPC and national curriculum ensures that our pupils are independent, motivated and fully engaged in their learning experiences at Tiverton Academy.

As a school we believe that all children should experience the world through creative arts. This is extremely important to us as we believe that it allows pupils to see the world inversely through their own eyes and this is imperative to us due to the high number of EAL pupils we have in school.

Wider curriculum

At Tiverton Academy we bring learning to life through a host of visits and visitors.  We ensure that all our children have an opportunity to experience the world through indoor and outdoor learning as well as arts and culture.  We believe that the arts and culture are a fundamental part of the curriculum. At Tiverton the wider curriculum offers opportunities for the children to explore, express and communicate their feelings whilst gaining experience of the wider world. Through these experiences, children develop their creativity, self-esteem and confidence.

The creative curriculum stimulates creativity and imagination. We feel they contribute to the whole curriculum by offering an alternative context for learning, which involves active participation, visual, tactile and sensory experiences that offer a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.

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