The School Day


Proposed Changes to the School Day

The Governors, Senior Team and Staff have been working hard to review current provision. From September 2019 St Philomena’s will be changing to a new timetable which means that the timings of our school day will change slightly. It is many years since a change like this has occurred. Currently our school day comprises of seven periods of 45 minutes, and we propose to change this for a number of reasons:

  • Students are now studying reformed A level, GCSE and BTEC courses in all subjects which are more challenging than before, and therefore we have to ensure that the time students spend quality time in lessons as much as possible.
  • For many subjects, the current 45 minute lesson is a little too short for in depth learning.
  • For some of our students, the current 1 hour 30 minute ‘double’ lesson is a very long time for them to focus their attention on one subject.
  • Presently, a significant amount of time each day is spent by students moving around the school site between lessons. Each day, students can move rooms up to four times a day, and each of those moves can take five or more minutes.
  • Students studying some GCSE and BTEC subjects would benefit from more overall time in class than they are currently receiving.
  • As the school expands our morning break of 20minutes can feel very rushed, we still have two more years of the expansion (one extra class) coming through.

We are therefore proposing to change our school day to five periods of one hour lessons. In order to accommodate our entire curriculum, our timetable will be delivered on a two-week cycle, so students will have a different timetable on alternate weeks. The new student planner will inform students about which timetable they are to follow each week. Break times will be longer and lunchtime slightly shorter.

The school day will end earlier than it does now, at 3:00pm which will give students more time to attend clubs and/or twilight lessons after school and still make their journey home in a timely manner.

If you have any queries please email:

The proposed new times for our school day from September 2019 is as follows:




Period 1


Period 2




Period 3


Period 4




Period 5


End of School Day *

*Please note every Wednesday the school day will end at the current time of 2:45pm to accommodate staff training.



All students should have a 100% punctuality record. Only lateness for exceptional reasons will be excused. Regular lateness is unacceptable.

Students should be in school by 8.15 a.m. and in their Tutor Room at 8.25 a.m. Students who arrive after 8.30 a.m. but before 8.45 a.m. should go to Reception to be registered by a senior member of staff. Students who arrive after 8.45 a.m. must go to the Attendance Officer in SP4 to be signed in. Students are not allowed to arrive late for Lesson 1 without a slip from the Attendance Officer, unless they have had a music lesson in school.

In cases for example, where the absence at registration was for attending an early morning medical appointment, the appropriate authorised absence code will be entered.


The school’s procedures for dealing with poor punctuality are outlined below:

Stage 1: Tutor monitors punctuality weekly and discusses concerns with student.
Stage 2: Where possible contact will be made with parents on Academic Review Day if punctuality continues to cause concern.
Stage 3: Attendance Officer contacts home via letter if punctuality continues to cause concern (total of 3 lates)
Stage 4: Head of Year contacts home via letter if a total of 5 late marks are accrued. A Student Contract is initiated to monitor punctuality daily. Students will stay one hour after school on any day they arrive late; parents will be informed by phone when this is the case. A student on contract who is late twice in any one week will be required to attend Saturday Detention between 9 a.m. and 12 noon in full school uniform.
Stage 5: Parents invited to meet with SLT link and Head of Year  (more than 8 lates)
Stage 6: Parents invited to meet with Headteacher and Head of Year (12+ lates)
Stage 7: Headteacher invites parents to meet and discuss continued concerns about punctuality with the Governors Pastoral & Discipline Committee.


St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Pound Street

Carshalton Surrey


T: 020 8642 2025


For general enquiries please mail:

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