What to Expect

The normal school day will begin at 8:40am and will end at 3:25pm.  A bell signals the start and end of registration and lesson periods.  A warning bell will ring at 8.35am to give students time to make their way to their tutor bases for morning registration.   The security gates at both entrances to the school will lock at 8.40am; please ensure that your child has enough time to travel to school.

Access to the site thereafter will be via the intercom system. Once the gates are closed, children arriving late will need to access the school via the pedestrian gate beside the Sixth Form Centre and use the intercom, followed by signing-in at the Student Centre. If children need to leave during the day, they should sign-out at the Student Centre and then use the intercom at the gates to arrange for the gates to be opened.  At the end of the day, the entrance gates will open at 3.00pm (2.00pm on a Friday).

At lunch, a warning bell will ring at 1.30pm to give students time to make their way to their class for afternoon registration.

The timings for the school day are as follows:

Monday to Thursday

Registration 8.40am - 9.00am
Period 1 9.00am - 9.55am
Period 2 9.55am - 10.50am
Break 10.50am - 11.05am
Period 3 11.05am - 12.00pm
Period 4 12.00pm - 12.55pm
Lunch 12.55pm - 1.35pm
Period 5 1.35pm - 2.30pm
Period 6 2.30pm - 3.25pm

On Friday, school finishes at 2.30pm, which is at the end of Period 5.

Attendance and Absence

Regular attendance is essential for effective schooling, particularly in preparation for examinations.

If your child should be absent from school, parents are requested to contact the school attendance officer before 9am on each day of absence. This will prevent an unnecessary truancy call text message or a visit from the Education Welfare Officer.  Whenever practical, medical and dental appointments should be arranged outside school hours, and family holidays outside term time.                      

Students who need to leave the school premises during school hours must 'sign out' at the Student Centre before they leave.

 If you would like to use our website to report an absence, please click here.               

School Meals    

Tewkesbury School has appointed Alliance in Partnership (AiP) as its catering provider.  AiP is a specialist catering provider operating within the education sector.  They work with many schools and colleges delivering great fresh food. They are all too aware that customers like us want lovely fresh food, at the right price and served quickly by friendly staff.  As a company, their ethos is to produce a menu that offers the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients.

Bottled water is available at a competitive price and as an alternative to fizzy drinks.  Students are allowed to drink water in lessons at the discretion of the teacher. A ‘no can tolerance’ exists as canned drinks contain colourings and additives which can cause hyperactivity and obesity, while they are dangerous on the school playing field.

At lunchtime, students may have a school lunch in the formal dining rooms or eat a packed lunch in the formal and informal dining areas.  There is an outdoor food pod serving snacks at break and lunch, this is located outside the Lower School Canteen with a canopy and outdoor seating space for students to sit and eat at.  Students are not allowed off the school premises during lunchtimes.  We will consider requests from parents if they wish their child to return home. A pass will be issued to any student wishing to go home at lunchtime upon receipt of a letter of request from a parent.  

Further details about catering and the weekly menu choices can be viewed here

First Aid

Parents are requested not to send their child to school if he/she appears to be genuinely unwell or is in need of medical treatment.

The school has a number of first aiders on site.  It is essential that we have up to date telephone numbers to enable us to contact a parent, relative or a friend in the case of an emergency.

The school also owns a defibrillator and all first aiders are trained in how to use this.


In the unlikely event of an emergency school closure, information will be available on the Local Authority’s website, www.glosclosedschools.com, as well as the school's website, twitter and Facebook pages.