Our soft start and finish and longer day
An average school day at Hope Community School, Sidcup runs from 8.30am - 4.00pm. We have a ‘soft start’ at the beginning and a ‘soft finish’ at the end of the day to allow flexibility for families to drop their children off but also to create opportunities for parents to interact with classroom staff. The length of the school day gradually increases with each Key Stage. By extending the length of the school day we have gained an additional 2.5 hours of curricular time per week, which the average state school does not offer.
The school day
8.30am – 9.00am Children arrive for soft start
9.00am – 12.00pm Whole school learning
12.00pm – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15pm – 3.00pm Learning for our Trailblazers ( Reception ) class
1.15pm – 3.30pm Learning for all other classes
3.00pm – 3.30pm Trailblazers (Reception class) leave during soft finish
3.30pm – 4.00pm Innovators, Discoverers, Explorers, Adventurers and Pioneers may participate in educational activities as part of our soft finish.