Academy Routine

  • All students are to be in their form rooms for 8.20am, when there is a warning bell.
  • Registration/pastoral time is from 8.25 to 8.40am, when the first lesson starts.
  • Morning break is 20 minutes in duration, whilst the lunch break is 30 minutes.
  • Afternoon school finishes at 2.30pm followed by registration.

Students in Years 7 - 11 are not permitted to leave the campus during the school day.

Leeds Education Metro organise buses to serve children living in outlying areas. Details may be obtained from Leeds Metro on 0113 251 7272 or by visiting the website Generation M.



- Registration / Assembly


- Lesson 1


- Lesson 2


- Break


Warning bell


- Lunch Break


Warning bell


- Lesson 5


- Registration

Extended School Time

The Sixth Form follow an extended day with two additional one hour teaching periods starting at 2.40 pm and 4.00 pm

Who to Contact at Garforth Academy

Parents are encouraged to contact the Academy if there is anything that concerns them. The office is open from 8am to 3.45pm although we request that non-urgent phone calls should be made after 9am. Key staff contacts for enquiries on particular issues are given below:

Academy Reception, general enquiries: 0113 2 127 127

Student Support: Mr A Cunningham (Main school); Mr A Newstead(Sixth form)

Learning Support (Special Educational Needs): Mr J Yaull, Assistant Principal

Admissions Procedure: Mr T O'Reilly

Curriculum & Reports: Mrs A Young

Enquiries regarding your child: The relevant Pastoral Leader or Form Tutor.


Regular and punctual attendance is essential.
Except for illness, no student should be absent from school without the permission of the Headteacher in advance. Parents are asked not to arrange family holidays or outings in term time; such absences are undesirable because they severely disrupt the student's programme of learning and assessment.

On the first day of all absences parents are requested to phone the Student Absence Line at the Academy (0113  2 127 128) and to follow this with a note of explanation to the form tutor on their return. In the event of possible long illness parents are asked to contact the College as soon as possible and, where appropriate, work will be set for the students to complete at home.

Students, who arrive late, after 8.25am but before 8.40, should report to their form tutor, who will record the late arrival. Where students are persistently late appropriate action will be taken and parents informed. Attendance and punctuality information is recorded on reports. Students arriving after 8.40am should report to reception.

Academy Refreshments

Refreshments are available freshly made on the premises during first and second break times. All students, years 7 to 11, must eat lunch at Academy. Facilities are provided within Academy to either buy a cafeteria style lunch or to eat their own packed lunch in specified areas. Our Academy meals are excellent, with a good choice of hot or cold food. If you think your child may be entitled to free school meals contact the Leeds City Council Benefits Helpline on 0113 247 7247.

Sample Daily Menu:

  • Homemade Soup of the day: Leek & Potato Served with freshly baked French Bread rolls.
  • Hot main meal of the day: Braised Steak Pie with puff pastry crust
  • Vegetarian meal of the day: Quorn Stroganoff with Boiled Rice
  • Potato Option (Carbohydrate): Fresh Herb Mashed Potatoes
  • Fresh Vegetables: Mashed Swede and Braised Red Cabbage
  • Sweet of the day available
  • Meal Deal available offering 2 of the above for £2.05
  • Salad Bar

An extensive selection of different salad choices is available from our fan-chilled salad bar. Salad variation alters daily.

Panini Bar

Panini sandwiches are made fresh to order, various fillings available with frequent specials.

Cold Sandwich Bar

A large selection of healthy nutritious sandwiches, served on an extensive range of French, seeded and traditional breads, eg:

  • Chicken Caesar Salad on Poppy Seed Knots
  • Roasted Vegetable Fajita wraps
  • Pastrami Beef with Salad on Foccacia

Fresh fruit is available daily with exotic variations, such as watermelon and fresh pineapple. These are proving to be very popular along with the more traditional fruits on offer.

All beverages available on site comply with government guidelines. New drinks ideas, like pure juice Smoothies along with freshly squeezed orange juice are available.

Cashless System

The Academy operates a cashless system for paying for Academy meals, using a computerised finger print registration scheme. Students "load" their accounts using the revaluation machines, located around the Academy, or parents can top up accounts via cheques or cash sent to reception. This system helps the Academy to monitor eating patterns to support our Healthy Schools Initiative.

Student Planners

Students are issued with a Student Planner that contains information about their daily timetable, homework and school events. Students are expected to enter homeworks set in their planner and this is checked, monitored and signed by their Form Tutor. We ask that parents also check and monitor homework and sign to show that this has been done. The planner can also be used as a method of communication between home and school.


Homework is considered to be an integral part of the school curriculum. It provides a valuable framework for encouraging independent learning. Parents can give valuable support by helping students to develop regular working habits and discuss their work at home.

At the start of the year a homework timetable is provided so that students and parents know what is expected. As students move through the school, the focus on independent learning develops, particularly with examination coursework which involves sustained commitment over a longer period of time.

Homework is likely to involve a range of activities including research, extension of activities begun in lessons, consolidation, reading and revision. ICT as a tool for completing homework can be applied; this may involve the presentation of a homework piece or fact finding through use of Internet research.