Many Ark schools run a longer school day in order to provide adequate time for core subjects and enrichment opportunities. At Ark Boulton Academy we run a slightly longer school day so that our students have more time for learning and for taking part in the large number of enrichment activities that take place.

We request all our students to consider walking, cycling, public transport or a combination of methods when travelling to and from school. Click here to learn more about our Active Travel initiatives.

Want to see our school day in action? Get in touch to arrange a visit. 

Year Group Entrances

Please note: the school uses different entrances for each year group to help ease congestion.

Year Group Entrance and Exit Gate
7 Student Main Entrance which is clearly labelled.
8 Delivery Entrance (student entrance next to the Welfare Office).
9 Delivery Entrance (student entrance next to the Welfare Office).
10 Upper School entrance between B and C Block.
11 Caretaker’s House entrance. This is same entrance used for Phase 2.

September 2021 School Timetable

  Monday - Thursday
08.00 - 08.20 Breakfast Club
08.15 - 08.25 Gates Open
08.25 - 08.30 Registration
08.30 - 09.00 Lead Learning Time / Future Skills
09.00 - 10.00 Lesson 1
10.00 - 11.00 Lesson 2
11.00 - 11.20 BREAK
11.20 - 12.20 Lesson 3
12.20 - 13.20 Lesson 4
13.20 - 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 - 15.00 Lesson 5
15.00 - 15.30 Professional Development Programme / Future Skills
15.30 FINISH
15.30 - 16.30 Detention


08.00 - 08.20 Breakfast Club
08.15 - 08.25 Open Gates
08.25 - 09.25 Period 1
09.25 - 10.25 Period 2
10.25 - 11.25 Period 3
11.25 - 12.00 BREAK
12.00 - 13.00 Period 4
13.00 - 14.00 Period 5
14.00 FINISH
14.00 - 16.00 Detention



Ark Boulton Academy believes that regular and punctual school attendance is vital for high achievement in order that students can reach their best potential. Good attendance and punctuality depend on a partnership between students, parents, carers, the academy and outside bodies. For its part, the academy expects the following from students and parents and itself:

Students are expected to:

  • Attend the academy regularly.
  • Arrive good time, for line-up at 8.15am each morning. (School gates close at 8.15am, so all students must be on site before this).
  • Attend all lessons promptly.

Parents are expected to:

  • Make sure that their children attend the academy regularly.
  • Make sure that their children arrive at the academy in good time, for line-up at 8.15am each morning.
  • Contact the academy by telephone (0121 773 8156) on the first day of absence and each subsequent day of absence if their child is unable to attend for any reason, followed by a written note on return.
  • Ensure that their children are in full academy uniform.
  • Ensure that their children are properly equipped for school.
  • Arrange medical appointments outside academy time where possible.
  • Ensure that no holidays are booked during term time.
  • Contact their child’s tutor to discuss any concerns that they may have and which could affect their child’s attendance.
  • Ensure that the school has up to date contact details.
  • Where a student's attendance is not good (i.e. below 96%) provide documentary evidence of medical conditions that have an ongoing effect on attendance.

Ark Boulton Academy is expected to:

  • Register students efficiently and accurately during lesson AM and again during PM in accordance with current regulations.
  • Staff are expected to use the Academy's Information Management System to record at each lesson and at registration, the attendance, lateness and authorised absence data
  • Pastoral staff will telephone parents if a child is absent.
  • If no contact is made by parents, a home visit will be carried out on the same day of absence. Home visits will also be carried out in case of prolonged absence.
  • Follow up on continued absence by inviting parents in to discuss the situation and refer poor attendance on to the relevant authorities.
  • Emphasise at all times the importance of good attendance.
  • Regard non-attendance as a safeguarding issue and take steps to address this in order to enure the safety and well being of all students. 
  • Conduct home visits to address attendance, safeguarding and well being issues. 
  • Promote attendance by taking account of each student’s individual needs.
  • Co-operate fully with other agencies to encourage punctual attendance at school.
  • Provide regular reports on each student’s attendance to parents.
  • Set demanding yet realistic targets for whole academy attendance.
  • Reward students with positive attendance.

Read our full policy on our policies page.