6th to 8th forms
In the upper forms, the afternoon is divided into 25-minute ‘units’ (although the last two units each last only 20 minutes). The last unit ends at 6pm. By differentiating between compulsory and optional study periods, we guarantee that pupils spend a certain amount of time learning with the whole class, while catering for their individual needs and interests. By choosing optional study periods themselves, pupils learn to organise their study and leisure time.
Learning units during afternoon supervision in the upper forms
The compulsory study period is a learning unit that is fixed at the beginning of the school year and can only be changed for important reasons. This study period involves the whole class, insofar as this fits in with the pupils’ optional subjects and activities. Should any compulsory study period be cancelled for any reason, a replacement time is generally not arranged. Depending on the form, the number of compulsory study periods lies between 6 and 15 units per week.
study periods are fixed by individual students each week. They can take place in the classroom, or in the IT rooms, the school library or the arts@media room. Should an optional study period not take place at the fixed time, a replacement time is generally found. Depending on the form, the number of optional study periods lies between 13 and 15 units. When the number of school days in any given week is reduced (e.g. for holidays), the number of optional study periods is reduced by two for each day missed.
Free time and permission to leave school
Upper form pupils are permitted to leave school after lunch for 25 minutes each day. In addition, they may leave school for between ten and twelve 25-minute units each week, depending on the form. The remaining time which falls neither in these units or the study periods is free time to be spent in the school building.
the upper forms, parents are not required to request permission for their children to leave school. Pupils are themselves responsible for organising their time. The periods when they are permitted to leave school can be used both for private leisure pursuits and for visits to the doctor or other commitments outside of school.
Changing the weekly schedule
Changing the weekly schedule should only be possible in exceptional cases. Should a pupil urgently need to leave school, this necessitates a corresponding change of his or her weekly schedule.