The School Day


Breakfasts are available from 8am-8.40am in the sixth form dining room as part of our extended school facilities.

Our school day starts at 8.45 am. Students have fifteen minutes Tutor Time/Assembly Time every morning.  Assemblies take place twice a week for each year group – one is a Year Assembly and the other is a half-school Assembly. We have five 1-hour lessons per day, with 5 minutes between lessons to allow for movement. There is a morning break of fifteen minutes and lunch break is from 12.35 pm to 1.35 pm. Lesson times can be seen from the timetable below:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:

08:45-09:05 Registration
09:10-10:10 Period 1
10:15-11:15 Period 2
11:15-11:35 Break
11:35-12:35 Period 3
12:35-13:40 Lunch
13:40-14:40 Period 4
14:45-15:45 Period 5


08:45-09:15 PSHRE
09:20-10:20 Period 1
10:25-11:25 Period 2
11:25-11:45 Break
11:45-12:45 Period 3
12:45-13:40 Lunch
13:40-14:40 Period 4
14:45-15:45 Period 5

Afternoon school ends at 3.45 pm unless the student has been issued with a detention which would be for a period of time up to one hour.

End of Term Arrangements

Please note school finishes at 12.35pm at the end of each term with exact timings of the day confirmed nearer the time.

End of Half Term Arrangements

Please note at half term breaks, school finishes at 2.45pm on the last day (please see below for shortened lesson timetable).

8.00-8.40 Breakfasts available
8.45-9.05 Registration/Tutor Time/Assembly
9.10-10.05 Period 1
10.05-10.10 Movement Gap
10.10-11.00 Period 2
11.00-11.15 Break
11.20-12.10 Period 3
12.10-12.50 Lunch
12.55-1.50 Period 4
1.50-1.55 Movement Gap
1.55-2.45 Period 5

It depends on different bus companies schedules and the availability of their drivers as to whether or not they can come at the earlier times. Parents can contact the school office ([email protected]) the day before the end of a half term/full term if they wish to confirm bus arrangements.

Please note, the Governors do NOT approve of holidays taken during a school term, and permission for absence will not normally be given unless there is family illness etc. Any requests for absence in school time MUST be made in writing to the Head well in advance, indicating the exceptional circumstances.

School Contact Info

Dame Alice Owen’s School

Dugdale Hill Lane
Potters Bar

01707 643441
[email protected]

Mon – Fri 8:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

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