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The school day

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

9.10am Friday morning -Lovely Hat Collective

10.10am Collective ( Monday - Thursday)

12.00pm – 1.15pm Lunch. Children participate in exercise and games outside in one of our playgrounds. 

1.15pm – 3.00pm Learning for our  Entrepreneur ( Reception ) class 

1.15pm – 3.30pm  Learning for all other classes 

3.00pm – 3.30pm Entrepreneur (Reception class)  leave during soft finish

3.30pm – 4.00pm Trailblazers, Innovators, Discoverers,  Explorers, Adventurers and Pioneers may participate in  enrichment educational activities as part of our  soft finish.

Soft end programme Spring 2019 


Extra Clubs: 

  • Monday lunchtimes: Chess Club for children in Years 4 and 5. 
  • Lego Club for Key stage 2 pupils.