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The School Day

The school day at Chatten Free School we have tailored both the pupil and staff experience to optimise learning opportunities on an individual basis.

Every pupil will have a tailored daily experience but there are some consistent elements which will go across all elements of the school:

  • Pupils come into school at 9am and the school day ends at 2:30pm.
  • There is no traditional play or lunch breaks.  Pupils access breaks on an individual basis in a way which is appropriate to them.  For example, some pupils may receive a short break of 5 minutes every twenty minutes while some may need a more formal break time.  Lunch is done on a similar basis with pupils often making their own lunch or practising relevant skills which are pertinent to those times.
  • Staff start at 8:30.  Between 8:30 and 9 they will be working on programmes or engaged in training. Staff leave at 4pm.  Between 2:40pm and 3:25pm they take a lunch break and between 3:25pm and 4pm they will be working on programmes or engaged in training.  Staff receive a 15-minute break at some stage between 9am and 2:30pm.

The school is split into three phases. These are:

  • Lower School: R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Upper School: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12