North Star Academy

Term dates / timetable

Woodstock School

At Woodstock School, children are grouped in year groups where numbers allow. Occasionally, a class will cover two consecutive year groups.  

There are seven classes, each with up to eight pupils.  Each class has a staff team of two, with additional support for younger children or where an individual pupil has funding for 1:1 support. 

Timings of the School Day

Monday to Thursday

  • 8.30 Taxis arrive, doors open.  Children have breakfast in the hall.
  • 8.45 Lessons begin
  • 10.25-10.45 Morning Break
  • 12.10-1.00 Lunchtime and Play
  • 3.15 Taxi's arrive, children depart


  • 8.30 Taxis arrive, doors open.  Children have breakfast in the hall.
  • 8.45 Lessons begin.
  • 10.20-10.40 Morning Break
  • 11.15-11.45 Golden Time
  • 12.00 - 12.25 Lunch
  • 12.30 Children depart

We have 2 Assemblies through the week:

  • Wednesday 10.15 Class Assemblies on the Theme of the Week
  • Friday 10.45 Celebration Assembly, where we give out certificates and awards and hear about all the wonderful work in the week


Bristol Gateway School

At Bristol Gateway School, we work tirelessly to ensure that the children get the best education within our specialised setting.

While we work as a "Whole School" in many areas, on the day-to-day basics we are based in two "Key Stages" with a dedicated Head of Key Stage overseeing the needs of their students. 

We feel it is important that the transition from primary to secondary school is managed with the anxieties and concerns of students carefully considered.  Key Stage 3 therefore builds on the primary model of teaching and learning by cultivating a nurture focused learning environment designed to enhance student’s opportunities to interact with others in a positive way, something which they may have been unable to develop through their previous experiences.

In Key Stage 4 the students adopt a different way of learning as they enter their GCSE options classes and are taught in mixed groups. This then not only increases their knowledge of the subjects in which they wish to acquire a qualification but helps to build their social and personal development as they interact with different students and teachers. We have an excellent work experience programme which enables the Key stage 4 students not only to experience life outside of Bristol Gateway School but also to make informed choices over their chosen career and further education plans. We are linked with colleges throughout Bristol ensuring a smooth transition to post-16 learning.

The School Day

  • 08:30 - 08:50  Breakfast Club
  • 08:50 - 09:10  Tutor Time
  • 09:10 - 10:00  Lesson One
  • 10:00 - 10:50  Lesson Two
  • 10:50 - 11:10   Break Time
  • 11:10 - 12:00   Lesson Three
  • 12:00 - 12:30  Key Stage 3 Lesson Four
  • 12:00 - 12:50  Key Stage 4 Lesson Four
  • 12:30 - 13:20  Key Stage 3 Lunch Break
  • 12:50 - 13:20  Key Stage 4 Lunch Break
  • 13:20 - 14:05  Lesson 5
  • 14:05 - 14:50  Lesson 6
  • 14:50 - 15:00  Tutor Time

TERM DATES 2018 to 2019

  • Term 1 Monday 3rd September to Friday 26th October 2018 (3rd + 4th September are inset days)
  • Term 2 Monday 5th November to Friday 21st December 2018
  • Term 3 Monday 7th January to Friday 15th February 2019 (7th January is Inset day)
  • Term 4 Monday 25th February to Friday 5th April 2019
  • Term 5 Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 24th May 2019
  • Term 6 Monday 3rd June to Tuesday 23rd July 2019 (22nd and 23rd July are inset days)