School Life

Over 700 students are currently enrolled at HeadStart for the 2018-2019 academic year. Students ages range between 2-18 years old. Our student body represents over 40 nationalities making HeadStart a unique multi-cultural environment.

Homeroom Expectations

Students should be in homeroom by 8:00am each morning otherwise they will be marked as ‘absent’. If students are late, they must sign in the late book at the front of school before making their way to class. Students must be dressed in appropriate uniform. Students should wear their House shirt each Friday for house competitions. Students must have the correct equipment required for the day.

Student Absence

In the event that a student is to have planned absence or is ill, the school must be notified. Planned absence [errand leave] requires the completion of a form in the front office. Only special circumstances will result in errand leave being granted and this is considered on a case by case basis. When students are ill, an email should be sent to the office and homeroom teacher informing them. Only when this is received, can the attendance be marked as illness. If students are absent with reason, it is recorded as absent [not authorised]. Please inform the school of all absences in advance where possible.

Uniform Expectations

Students should only wear the uniform as required in the student-parent handbook. Students are not permitted to wear hooded tops / jumpers that are not school jumpers. Such items will be confiscated if this is a persistent issue. Skirts should be knee length. Shorts should sit on the knee. A single, stud earring is permitted in each ear. Students should look tidy and presentable each morning for the start of the school day. Students should wear their P.E. kit on appropriate days. Students should wear their house shirt and PE shorts and change into their PE shirt every Friday.

The School Day

Primary Timetable   Secondary Timetable  
8.00 – 8.30 Lesson 1 8.00 – 8.10 Homeroom
8.30 – 9.30 Lesson 2 8.10 - 9.10 Lesson 1
9.30 – 9.55 Break 9.10 - 9.30 Break
9.55 – 10.55 Lesson 3 9.30 - 10.30 Lesson 2
10.55 – 11.55 Lesson 4 10.30 - 11.30 Lesson 3
11.55 – 12.55 Lunch Break 11.30 - 12.10 Lesson 4
12.55 – 13.55 Lesson 5 12.10 - 13.10 Lesson 5
13.55 – 14.15 Break 14.10 - 14.20 Break
14.15 – 15.15 Lesson 6 14.20 – 15.20 Lesson 6
15.15 – 15.20 Homeroom 15.30 – 16.20 ASPs
15.30 – 16.20 ASPs 16.30 - 18.00 Academy practice
16.30 – 18.00 Academy practice    

On Friday the school day finishes at 3:00pm and all activities are moved up 20 minutes.

‘Students’ personal development is outstanding in all phases of the school. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is courteous and respectful at all times. Students support one another well and new students are helped to integrate quickly with the support of a buddy. Bullying is almost non-existent; personal, social and health education (PSHE) and assembly topics have increased students’ awareness. It is clear that relationships are very positive and students speak highly of their teachers and their school community. They talk of the benefit of having friends from all over the world and value their improved cultural understanding; this they feel, makes them ‘better people’, with high levels of appreciation and respect for others.’ Education Development Trust (EDT) Accreditation Report, June 2017

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