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Headteacher's update 13

Published on 10/07/20

Dear parents and carers,

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our students back into school after the summer holidays. 

All students will be expected to attend full time and they will have lessons in every subject.


Start dates and times for first week back

(Students will then attend for the rest of the week, unless indicated otherwise)

Year group
Date of first day
Arrival time for first day

Year 7

Wednesday 2nd September 2020


Year 8

Thursday 3rd September 2020


Year 9

Thursday 3rd September 2020


Year 10

Thursday 3rd September 2020


Year 11

Thursday 3rd September 2020


Year 12

Wednesday 2nd September 2020 *


Year 13

Thursday 3rd September 2020


* Please note that Year 12 students will attend for the Wednesday only during this week, for their induction. They will then return to school on Monday 7 September for lessons.


Timings of the school day (after the first week)

We are shortening the school day because we will be running staggered 30 minute lunchtimes and removing other social times. This is so that we can operate in ‘year group bubbles’ as stated in the Department for Education (DFE) guidance.

In order to keep all our students and staff as safe as possible, the timings of the beginning of the school day will change. 

Students will need to arrive at school between 9.15am and 9.30am, and most students will be dismissed between 3.05pm and 3.15pm (there will be a requirement for some Y11, Y12 and Y13 students to stay later on some days; they will be told more about this when they receive their timetables on their first day back). 


The DFE are confirming their decision on 11 August when they will reviewing the situation across England. We will provide further information after this, including a video briefing for students.

Please be assured that in all of these matters we will be closely adhering to the DFE guidance.


Virtual learning next week

The timetable for online learning this week can be found on our website at:


Best wishes,

Mrs Sarah Sims
Head of Silverdale School