In the UK, school year is divided into three terms
In the UK, school year is divided into three terms: autumn, spring and summer term. Between each two of them are holidays. Between autumn and spring term are 10-day Christmas holidays, between spring and summer term are 10-day Easter holidays and after summer term, before the next school year starts, are 6-week holidays. Halfterm is a 5-day holiday in the middle of each term. Many schools use it to organize trips, which are not compulsory.
At the end of each term, school sends a report to parens.
British pupils attending a comprehensive school have to be at school at 8:45 for registration where form tutor checks attendance. After registration most pupils go to assembly which usually lasts 15 minutes. The headteacher announces important information on organization of the day or on other problems. There’s also a kind of religious worship where pupils sing hymns, say prayers or listen to readings from the Bible.
At 9:15, the lessons begin. Lessons usually last 55 minutes. A common timetable consists of two lessons before mid-morning break at 11:05. Pupils can spend this break in the playground or school yard or they can buy sweets and drinks in the school tuck shop. Then one more lesson before lunch at 12:25. Children can eat their lunch in the school canteen or have their own packed lunch. Children of parents on low income are entitled to free school meals. After lunch there are two more lessons before pupils go home at about 3:15.
Students can take part in extra curricular activities that are organized by school and are not compulsory. The most common extra curricular activities are school clubs, daily outings and field trips.
• Clubs are run by teachers outside normal school hours. They include interests such as drama, chess, sport, music…
• Daily outings are organized during school hours. A class may go to a local factory of an office to watch how it works. They also prepere questionaires and later they must report their findings back to the class.
• Field trips may be undertaken over weekly period. Students can gain a more practical knowledge related to subjects such as Geography, History or Biology.
Each school seeks for certain qualities in students, such as honesty, punctuality and courtesy. They must follow certain rules during school hours. Pupils who break the rules are punished by the teachers and in serious cases, they’re sent to the headteacher. During breaktime, the corridors are supervised by teachers. Both minor and serious offences must be punished. Offence can be arriving late, not doing homework, cheating, playing truancy, not wearing a uniform, wearing jewellery and make-up, smoking, fighting, stealing, bullying or drug possession.
• At British public school a cane may be used as a punishment. At the other schools, corporal punishments are forbidden.
• Pupils can be in detention and write lines.
• They can also be on report – the pupil gives a report card to the teacher and he or she describes how the pupil behaved. It’s then considered by pupil’s form tutor or even headteacher.
• In case of serious effences, pupils may be temporary excluded from school and parents of him or her are invited to school for a serious talk., or even expelled (he has to choose another school)