GWA runs a longer day than most other schools to give more learning time and to extend the curriculum through enrichment activities. Students attend school from 8.30am - 4.30pm on Mondays to Thursdays and 8.30am - 3.10pm on Fridays.
An optional breakfast club runs from 8.00am and is followed by six 50-minute lessons. These lessons follow a broad and balanced curriculum of 15 different subjects in Years 7 and 8 with a focus on English and Maths and with Enterprise activities being an important theme for all subjects. There is a 20-minute reading session each day during which students have the chance to further their reading and literacy skills.
After standard lessons have finished students are able to choose to undertake independent study or take part in a wide range of extra-curricular enrichment activities. This time helps to ensure that students become independent learners with a broad range of skills. On Friday students will be able to leave after ‘standard’ lessons finish at 3.10pm.
We provide facilities for students to study until 5.30pm every day should they choose to do so.