The length of the school day is 8.45 a.m. – 3.05 p.m.
Lunchtimes are flexible in order to enable us to take advantage of the facilities offered by neighbouring schools, and many activities, e.g. ICT, P.E. film club etc., happen during the lunch hour. We feel it is important that teaching staff are available over the lunch hour, as feeding and social skills are an important part of the education at Dorothy Goodman.
There is a school uniform which we like our pupils to wear and we ask for parents' co-operation in this, although the uniform is not compulsory. You can buy official school uniform at
Students at the satellite bases wear the same colour sweatshirt as the host school, but with our Dorothy Goodman logo or the host school's uniform
Sweatshirts, if worn, should be worn with grey or black skirts or trousers.
We also ask for P.E. kit to be provided - black shorts, white or blue T-shirt and pumps. Tracksuits and team kit are available from school for inter-school sports fixtures. All clothing should be clearly marked with your child's name.
Practical college courses or more messy work experience
PE and Swimming
Reasonable adjustments will be made for those students who have particular disabilities so that their clothing enables them to be comfortable and as independent as possible.
All absences must be accounted for and reasons recorded. The school is unable to authorise parental requests for holiday during term-time.
Parents should contact school as soon as possible on the morning of their child being absent. This may be by phone or using a brief note informing the school why your child will be absent. This will assist us considerably with making sure we keep all our pupils safe.