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Bertha Park High School

Shape of the school day

Our school day is a little different from many other schools. We have longer classes, but fewer of them in the week.

Readiness 1 Interval 2 Lunch 3 Interval 4
9:00 9:10 9:10 10:30 10:30 10:40 10:40 12:00 12:00 12:50 12:50 14:10 14:10 14:20 14:20 15:40

Each period lasts 80 minutes, and our pupils have a break between every lesson.


Longer periods offer these advantages:

  • Better relationships between pupils & staff
  • Opportunities for deeper learning
  • Less time wasted moving between classes
  • Less stressful environment
  • Breaks between every class allows brain space
  • More time for outdoor learning & visits out of school
  • More continuous time allows for innovative teaching & learning
  • Pupils have less to juggle each day, promoting better mental health