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Orchard Park High School

School Day

The school day is broken down in to five teaching periods. Students are issued a set timetable at the beginning of each academic year. A two week timetable is in place (A and B) made up of 25 lessons per week.

 Opening Hours


Gates Open

8:10am - 8:25am

Students to their playground / free breakfast in the canteen

8:25am - 8:30am

Roll call

8:30am - 9:00am

Tutor Reading / Assembly 

9:00am - 9:50am

Lesson 1

9:50am - 10:40am

Lesson 2

10:40am - 11:00am


11:00am - 11:05am

Line up

11:05am - 11:55am

Lesson 3

11:55am - 12:45pm

Lesson 4

12:45pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm - 1:35pm

Line up

1:35pm - 2:35pm

KS3 Lesson 5

1:35pm - 2:50pm

KS4 Lesson 5

2:35pm - 2:50pm

KS3 Vocabulary Instruction



2:50pm - 3:40pm

Y11 Lesson 6

2:50pm - 3:50pm 


3:40pm - 4:40pm

Y11 Champions' Hour / Detention




The school opens for free breakfast for all at 8.10am; students cannot be on the premises before this time. Should your child be involved in an incident before this time parents/carers will be responsible. Students can only remain in school after 2:50pm if they are participating in enrichment or being supervised by a member of staff and have received authorisation e.g. detention, meeting with teacher, after school club or revision.

Total school hours: 32 hours for Year 7, 8, 9 and 10. 36.25 hours for Year 11.

Form time

Each student has a designated tutor who is responsible for their immediate care, support and guidance. Students meet their form tutors at the start of each day. In addition to this, each year group has an Academic Year Lead (AYL).


After entering through the pedestrian gates, students are to congregate in their respective year group areas, where their roll call will be conducted by their form tutor. Thereafter, their form tutors will lead them into the building.

Parents, carers and visitors are to use the reception entrance. All visitors must sign in for safeguarding reasons.