Virtual Open Evening FAQs
Since the launch of our Virtual Open Evening we’ve been contacted by many parents/carers and families with more questions about our academy and how it works.
Below you’ll find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, but if you have something you’d like to ask yourself, please get in touch with us by completing the online form (link below) and we’ll get back to you ASAP – we’d love to hear from you!
How long is the school day?
Our school day starts at 8:55am and finishes at 3pm on Monday to Thursday. On Fridays, students are allowed to leave at 2:35pm if they have not received a correction (part of our STRIVE Behaviour for Learning system). Find out more: https://swinton.coopacademies.co.uk/academy-day/
How many lessons are there each day and how long are they?
There are FIVE lessons per day, each lasting one hour. See the timetable HERE.
Are children allowed phones at school?
From September 2020 we made the decision that students are not allowed their phones out in school at any time, including break and lunch times. Children may carry a phone to a from school but any child who has their phone out in school will have it confiscated for the remainder of the day in the first instance. Schools that completely ban phones see an increase in engagement and outcomes for students. On average the increase in exam results is 6.4%, with students who were underperforming showing on average a 14% improvement and these are benefits we cannot ignore. See our full Mobile Phone Policy HERE.
What facilities are there for lunches? Can children bring packed lunches?
We take great pride in the food we serve, healthy eating and healthy living are very important to us. All food is cooked on the premises and many ingredients are sourced from local suppliers. We offer a wide selection of balanced and nutritious, hot and cold foods starting with breakfast through to break time and lunchtime services*. Children are also able to bring their own packed lunch to school, a section of the dining room is set aside for their use. Find out more at: https://swinton.coopacademies.co.uk/parents/catering/
*Due to the Covid 19 restrictions we are currently only able to offer a limited menu to students. Free school meals will continue to be made available to eligible students.
What sports activities do you have at school?
When our students enter Year 7, they begin to follow a structured physical education programme that complies with the requirements of the National Curriculum and
beyond. During Key Stage 3 students work on the following areas of activity:
Girls: Netball, Dance, Gymnastics, Football, Handball, Badminton, Rounders, Athletics, Volleyball, Hockey, Fitness, Table Tennis, Trampolining and Orienteering
Boys: Rugby League, Football, Fitness, Boxercise, Handball, Dodgeball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Rounders, Softball, Basketball, Trampolining, Free-running, Fitness and Athletics
In addition, all our students are encouraged to regularly attend one of our 17 extra-curricular sports clubs which run during lunchtimes and after school. We also boast 24 sports teams, eight of which hold local and regional titles!
Do you try and place children in the same form as someone they have been to primary school with?
We make every effort to place children with any friends they have from Primary School into the same Form Group, although this can’t be guaranteed.
How much homework per day/week do children receive?
We believe homework is a necessary part of the education we provide. It trains students to work independently and encourages them to develop the study and research skills necessary for today’s form of examinations. Homework is set for all students for each weekday evening and during Key Stage 3, homework normally occupies at least one to one and a half hours each evening, increasing to two hours or more when they reach upper school. For their first half-term with us, Year 7s are not given daily or weekly homework but instead are set the task of creating a ‘project’ based on a topic of their choice which they then present at an annual event where we invite parents/carers to join us. During their second term homework will focus specifically on English, Maths and Science moving on to all subjects starting in term three.
Can you tell me more about your SEND provision?
We work extremely hard to make sure all our students achieve their individual educational potential. To support this, we have a dedicated Student Support Faculty who, under the guidance of experienced specialists, provide extra help for our students who are identified as having learning problems, especially those in Year 7. Students can be withdrawn from lessons either individually or in small groups for more individual help. Extra support can also be provided in subject lessons by our team of Teaching Assistants and Learning Mentors. Find out more at: https://swinton.coopacademies.co.uk/send-information/
What extra-curricular activities does the school have?
All our faculties take an active part in extra-curricular life and offer an enormous range of after-school activities. Sadly, we are currently not able to offer all of the activities we usually would due to COVID restrictions, but to give you an insight take a look at the list of clubs and activities usually on offer: https://swinton.coopacademies.co.uk/students/extra-curricular-activities/
How do you deal with bullying and safeguarding children?
Bullying is not tolerated at our academy. All our staff, students and parents work together to create a school community where bullying is not tolerated. We are committed to not only dealing with bullying but to do all that we can to prevent it happening in the first place. We operate our ‘Seven Steps’ Anti-Bullying Support Group Approach which focuses on not attaching blame to a particular person or group, but it aims to change the behaviour of the bully as well as creating a safe and secure environment for the victim. Find out more: https://swinton.coopacademies.co.uk/anti-bullying/
You can still access all our Virtual Open Evening information HERE