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FAQ

Frequently asked questions:

Is your timetable different from Mainstream school?  

We cover all the core subjects on the school timetable; however we also offer an alternative curriculum, which promotes vocational study and practical based work. This may be appropriate for some students to help them engage in school and education.

What are the timings of the day? 

Our day starts at 8:10am, where we offer breakfast (optional).  Form time begins at 8:30am, with lessons starting at 8:45am.  We have three 45min lessons before break time, which is at 11:00am for 15 mins and then a further three lessons, which takes us to 1:30pm. This is where the day ends for the core groups.  There are also afternoon classes; however these are generally for visiting students or for students on a reduced timetable.

How long is each lesson? 

Each lesson is 45mins long. We do not have change over time between lessons.

Do you serve lunches? 

Unfortunately, not.  As we finish at 1.30pm for our core groups, students go home and will have lunch there. Students are welcome to bring snacks in to eat at break time. Please be aware that we encourage healthy eating at The Park.

Do they wear school uniform? 

Yes, students are expected to wear a school uniform. Rewards are given for correct school uniform and students will be sent home if they refuse to come in wearing what is expected. We have some spare items to be worn if there is an issue.

The uniform is a navy blue polo shirt with logo/navy blue jumper with logo, black trousers or school skirt, black trainers or shoes.

We have a range of sizes, which can be ordered through our school office

How long is my child likely to be at your school? 

This is something we cannot predict.  It will all depend on behaviour once your child attends The Park, and also looking at options to reintegrate students back in to mainstream if applicable.

What is the behaviour and reward system? 

Our behaviour and reward system is in place to ensure students and parents are aware of the boundaries and rules we have in place at The Park.  Students can earn reward points which tally up to earn vouchers that the students can spend in a range of shops. 

How big are the class sizes? 

Generally our classes range from 3-6 students.  We try not to have any classes bigger than 5.

Where ARE you based? 

We are based on two sites; KS3 and KS4.  KS3 is at the site on Fields View Road, and KS4 is on Potters Bar High Street. Some lessons occasionally go between sites, but the students are transported using the school mini bus.

What lessons will my child do? 

Your child will cover all the core subjects and a range of alternative curriculum lessons, please see curriculum page.

Travel  

Students generally make their own way to school, however occasionally, transport can be provided. This has to go through an application process with supporting evidence to achieve this benefit.

Students are provided with a train/bus pass which is applied for through PTU.  It costs £10 to replace any lost tickets.