The Olympus Academy Trust is committed to delivering an outstanding education for young people, ensuring that our students have access to the highest standards of teaching, resources and learning opportunities.

We work in close partnership with our schools, ensuring that we facilitate the sharing of best practice and provide access to a wide range of partners and resources for the benefit of our students and the wider community. Visit our website here or follow us on Twitter @olympustrust.

Patchway Community School

Attendance and Holidays

Excellent attendance is intrinsically linked to academic achievement and progress. Students who have regular absence, patterns of unauthorised absence, broken weeks of attendance and high levels of absence for minor illness are unlikely to achieve their academic potential.

We prioritise the monitoring, support and action needed to secure high levels of attendance and work in close partnership with the Local Authority to place matters before the court in circumstances where parents/carers do not ensure that their child attends school regularly and punctually.

Early intervention and student support sits at the heart of our approach to raising levels of student attendance.  

For students suffering with sickness and/or diarrhoea we would request that students remain absent from school for 48 hours following the last episode.  For any other illnesses/infections please follow your doctors advice, however, we would ask to be advised of any infectious illnesses, such as chicken pox etc.

Click here to view our attendance policy. 

The School Day

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:

Registration/Assembly: 8.45 am
Lesson 1: 9.00 am – 10.00 am
Lesson 2: 10.00 am – 11.05 am
Break: 11.05 am – 11.20 am
Lesson 3: 11.20 am – 12.20 pm
Lunch: 12.20 pm – 1. 05 pm
Lesson 4 (including pm registration): 1.05 pm – 2.05 pm
Lesson 5: 2.05 pm – 3.10 pm


Lesson 1 (including am registration): 8.45 am – 9.45am
Lesson 2: 9.45 am – 10.45 am
Break: 10.45 am – 11.00 am
Lesson 3: 11.00 am – 12.00 pm
Lunch: 12.00 pm – 12.45 pm
Lesson 4 (including pm registration): 12.45 pm – 1.45 pm
Lesson 5: 1.45 pm – 2.45 pm



Requests for absence during term time will not be granted unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Headteacher will make the final decision as to what constitutes exceptional circumstances. If, due to exceptional circumstances, leave is granted, the Headteacher will determine the number of school days a child can be away from school.

Any requests for holidays must be placed in writing using the holiday request form and students are always expected to complete the work they have missed to make sure they do not fall behind.

Click here for information on penalties enforced by South Gloucestershire Local Authority