Timetable and term dates

The School Day

The table below outlines the timings of the school day at John Smeaton Academy. The academy day consists of ‘Pre-form’, the Form Period, five one-hour lessons and enrichment time after school.

 Gates Open 08:25  
 Pre-Form  08:25 – 08:40  
 Form Period  08:40 – 09:10  
 Period 1  09:10 – 10:10  
Period 2  10:10 – 11:30 Break A (KS3) 10:10 – 10:30
Break B (KS4) 11:10 – 11:30
 Period 3  11:30 – 12:30  
Period 4 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch A (KS3) 12:30 – 13:00
Lunch B (KS4) 13:30 – 14:00
 Period 5  14:00 – 15:00  
Enrichment++ 15:00 onwards  


‘Pre-form’ is optional: students are encouraged to arrive during the Pre-form window and to take advantage of the opportunity to eat breakfast (breakfast bagel provided by the academy) and prepare for the day ahead.  We expect all students to be in their form in time for the start of registration at 8.40am.

The end of the compulsory school day will be 3pm, however, we would expect it to be commonplace that students would be remaining at the academy, through choice, to participate in the enrichment++ programme.  In addition, students in all year groups may be asked to join ‘catch-up’ or ‘intervention’ sessions to assist with their ongoing studies.

Absence Procedure

Where a student is absent from school: as early as possible on the day of absence, telephone the academy on 0113 8313990 or send a text through the MyEd App indicating the reason for absence.

A further telephone call will be required if the absence is longer than initially indicated.

An explanatory letter or note in the planner is required on their return to the academy. If the absence is pre-arranged i.e. medical appointments, funerals, religious festivals, please complete an Exceptional Circumstances Request Form. Any absence which is not explained satisfactorily is ‘unauthorised’ and will be marked as truancy.

If a student is absent without the knowledge of the parent/carer or leaves the academy at any time during the school day without permission, they are truanting. This will be sanctioned in line with the academy’s Positive Discipline Policy. In the event of a prolonged absence, medical evidence will be required.

Holidays in Term Time

Any disruption to a student’s education is detrimental to their success, especially during examination periods. This is relevant from Year 7 through to Year 11, when missed assessments and controlled assessment can result in lower grades.

Unauthorised absence can lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice (£60 per parent, £60 per child) being issued.

Academy Calendar: 2021-2022

Summer Wednesday 8 September 2021
Autumn mid-term Friday 22 October 2021 Monday 1 November 2021
Christmas Friday 17 December 2021 Tuesday 4 January 2022
Spring mid-term Friday 18 February 2022 Monday 28 February 2022
Easter Friday 1 April 2022 Tuesday 19 April 2022
May Bank Holiday Friday 29 April 2022 Tuesday 3 May 2022
Summer mid-term Friday 27 May 2022 Monday 6 June 2022
Summer Tuesday 26 July 2022
John Smeaton Academy’s Training Days (please note these are not the same for every school):

Monday 6 September 2021

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Friday 22 October 2021

Thursday 17 March 2022

Wednesday 29 June 2022

Bank Holidays include:
Christmas 27 (Christmas Day substitute) and 28 December 2021 (Boxing Day substitute)
New Year’s Day 3 January 2022 (substitute day)
Good Friday 15 April 2022
Easter Monday 18 April 2022
May Day

Spring Bank

Platinum Jubilee

2 May 2022

2 June 2022

3 June 2022