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Virtual open evening

Welcome to Ashington Academy. Unfortunately, you are unable to visit our school for our annual open evening this year, so we are bringing our teachers to you!

On this page you can virtually 'meet' some staff members and find lots of information about student life at the Academy.

Until then, you can take a look at our school brochure, read a past edition of our school magazine, or take a look at our useful information section.

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FAQs

How long is the school day?

Typically, the school day starts at 8.40 and finishes at 3pm. However, more recently, times have been adjusted for staggered starts as a result of COVID. Any changes for September 2021 would be communicated fully to all parents and carers before the start of the term, as well as publicised on our website. 

Can I ride my bike to school?

You can ride your bike to school. There are bike stands to the right of the front entrance where you can store it, but the school will not accept responsibility for your bike.

How long are lessons?

Typically, lessons are 1 hour long. However, at present, times have been adjusted to reopen and to be COVID secure. Any changes for September 2021 would be communicated fully to all parents and carers before the start of the term, as well as publicised on our website. 

How many lessons are there per day?

Typically, there are 5 lessons in each day that cover the full range of the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. However, at present, timetables have been adjusted to reopen and to be COVID secure. Any changes for September 2021 would be communicated fully to all parents and carers before the start of the term, as well as publicised on our website. 

Does the school operate a one-week or a two-week timetable?

Typically, the school operates a one-week timetable that consists of 5 lessons per day. However, at present, timetables have been adjusted to reopen and to be COVID secure. Any changes for September 2021 would be communicated fully to all parents and carers before the start of the term, as well as publicised on our website. 

How will I find my way around school?

When students start the school, they will be given a map and a tour. Students will find very quickly that they start to remember their way around, but they can always ask if they are unsure. Teachers are sensitive to the fact that Year 7 need to acclimatise to the school’s layout.

How long is lunchtime?

Lunch is 12.20-13.00. Year 7 start 10 minutes ahead of the rest of the school initially and this allows them to get to the front of the queues, meaning that, whilst they are transitioning to secondary school, they have that little longer to eat.

How do I know what uniform to buy?

Wearing a uniform creates a sense of community and we believe ours is both practical and fair. We are proud of our uniform and it is fully listed on the school’s website, including links to our main supplier, Emblematic . All parents and carers will also be sent information in regard to uniform via induction packs.

Am I allowed to wear jewellery?

The only jewellery permitted in school is a watch and one plain stud in each ear. They must be small and discreet.

When do I find out who my tutor is?

Organising the groups is a very complex task, but we hope to let you know who your tutor is by July. 

What do I need to bring on my first day?

On their first day, students will need to bring the correct equipment from the equipment list.  Basic equipment includes a pen, pencil and ruler. Students will be provided with a planner, which they should bring to school every day, on their first day. On their first day, students should also bring a packed lunch or money to buy food at the canteen. We will ensure students have a fingerprint taken as, typically, we operate a cashless system in the canteen.

What if I get lost on the way to lessons?

If students get lost on the way to lessons, they should just ask someone. Whether that is a student or member of staff, there are always many people to ask. Everyone is friendly, approachable and willing to help.

What if I get bullied at school?        

If a member of our school community behaves in an inappropriate way towards students, then it is really important that they tell somebody. This person could be a friend, parents/carers, their tutor, a teacher or their Year Manager. Students must tell somebody to so we can swiftly deal with the situation.

Where do I go if I need help?

If students need help, they can go to Student Reception, their Tutor or their Year Manager. Teachers are also more than willing to help!