Term Dates


2017-18

Spring 2018
Tue 2nd Jan 2018 Inset / non pupil day
Wed 3rd Jan 2018 Return to school for staff and children
Mon 12th Feb 2018
to
Fri 16th Feb 2018
Half term
Thu 29th Mar 2018 @ 2pm Last day of term
(school finishes at 14:00)
(no afternoon care provided)
Summer 2018
Mon 16th Apr 2018 Children return to school
Mon 7th May 2018 May day bank holiday
Mon 28th May 2018
to
Fri 1st Jun 2018
Half Term
Thu 19th Jul 2018 @ 2pm Last day of term
(school finishes at 14:00)
(no afternoon care provided)
Fri 20th Jul 2018 Inset / non pupil day

2018-19

Autumn 2018
Tue 4th Sep 2018 Inset/non pupil day, class 1 picnic
Wed 5th Sep 2018 Class 1 - 10 return to school, KG picnic
Mon 22nd Oct 2018
to
Fri 2nd Nov 2018
Half term
(including 3 day of Inset/non pupil days)
Fri 21st Dec 2018 End of term.
(school finishes at 14:00)
(no afternoon care provided)
Spring 2019
Mon 7th Jan 2019 Return to school for staff and children
Mon 18th Feb 2019
to
Fri 22nd Feb 2019
Half term
Fri 5th Apr 2019 End of term.
(school finishes at 14:00)
(no afternoon care provided)
Summer 2019
Tue 23rd Apr 2019 Inset/non pupil day
Wed 24th Apr 2019 Children return to school
Mon 6th May 2019 May day bank holiday
Mon 27th May 2019
to
Fri 31st May 2019
Half Term
Thu 18th Jul 2019 End of term.
(school finishes at 14:00)
(no afternoon care provided)

School Times

Kindergarten (Reception and Year 1)

9.05 - 9.20 the kindergarten doors are open.

Pick up is 14.15 (Mon-Thu) and 14:00 (Fri). Afternoon care is available till 15.30. Please book in advance at reception.

Lower school (Classes 1-7, Years 2-8)

The school day runs from 09.15 to 15.45. There is break of 30 minutes at 11.15, and a lunch break of 45 minutes at 13.15.

School gates open at 8.45 with staff in the playground to supervise children. The bell will ring at 9.00 in the playground for the children to be taken to their classrooms.

On half-days Classes 1 (Monday and Wednesday) and 2 (Monday) conclude formal learning at 14.15. Afternoon care is available till 15.45. This must be booked in advance at reception.

On Friday school finishes at 14.00. Afternoon care is available until 15.45 and must be booked in advance at reception.

Upper school (Classes 8-10, Years 9-11)

The school day runs from 09.00 to 15.45. There is a break of 25 minutes at 10:30 and a lunch break of 45 minutes from 13:30.

School gates open at 8.45 with staff in the playground to supervise children. By the time the bell rings at 9.00 the children should be registering in their classrooms.


Times, Terms and Balance: SAE's approach to day and term length.

SAE recognises the pedagogical, health and social benefits of a relatively short school week for the youngest children.

  • Children under five can access school all day every day but are able to attend for only 3 days a week and are able to go home at 2.15 every afternoon.
  • Kindergarten age children can access afternoon school every day but are able to go home at 2.15 every afternoon.
  • Children in class 1 (Y2) can access afternoon school but are able to go home at 2.15 on Monday and Wednesday and 2.00 on Friday afternoons.
  • Children in class 2 (Y3) can access afternoon school but are able to go home at 2.15 on Wednesday and 2.00 on Friday afternoons.

SAE recognises the pedagogical, health and social benefits of a relatively longer school week for older children.

  • Children in classes 3-7 (Years 4-8) can access afternoon school but are able to go home at 2.00 on Friday.
  • Children in classes 8-10 (Years 9-11) are expected to attend school all day every day, including Fridays.

SAE monitors comparable schools (Steiner academies) and local Exeter schools. It seeks to align its day and term length with the other Steiner academies and the timing of its holidays with local schools.

Class 1-5 (Years 2-6) have school days of 6hr 45 mins. compared with the average in neighbouring primary schools of 6 hr.30. However, with Friday early finish (1hr 45 mins) we offer 45 mins less/ week.

Class 6-7 (Years 7-8) have school days of 6hr 45 mins. compared with the average in neighbouring secondary schools of 6hr 20mins (we do 25 mins more) with an early finish we do 5 mins less a week.

Class 8-10 (Years 9-11) have school days of 6 hrs. 45 mins 5 days a week, i.e. 2 hrs 5 mins more a week when compared with the average in local secondary schools.

This gives 125 mins x38 weeks = 79 hrs extra. This is equivalent to offering an additional 11 school days. However, as we do 5 fewer days than neighbouring schools our older students have approximately 6 more days more than those in local secondary schools each year.

SAE recognises the pedagogical, health and social benefits of a longer half-term break in the autumn term.

SAE aims to keep half-term length to a maximum of 7 weeks, with the ideal being 6 weeks.


The Ark at Steiner

Provides breakfast club, after school club and holiday club on site.

Please see their website for further details: Exwick Ark - The Ark @ Steiner