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School Timings

The school site opens to parents and visitors from 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday during term time.

The Abbey School operates a 2 week (48 periods) timetable which alternates between Week A and Week B according to a pre-published schedule.

Students should aim to arrive in the playground ready for the morning's line-up at 8.45am. The school day will then begin at 8.50 with a 30 minute registration period with form tutors. Within this slot, there is time allocated to support students with literacy, numeracy, thinking skills and academic mentoring. There are also regular year group and house assemblies that take place for each student dependent on their year group.

Period Time
Morning Line Up  8:45 - 8:50
Tutor Time/PSHE 8:50 - 9:30
Lesson 1 9:30 - 10:30
Lesson 2 10:30 - 11:30
Lesson 3a (inc. Years 8/9/10 lunch) 11:30-12:30
Lesson 3b (inc. Year 7/11 lunch) 12:30-13:30
Lesson 4 13:30 - 14:30
Lesson 5 14:30 - 15:30

To ensure the safe transition of our students over the footbridge at the end of each school day, we operate a staggered dismissal system on a weekly rotation. Students are released in their year groups between 3.10pm and 3.30pm and parents will be advised weekly of each of the release times.


On Thursdays, the school day ends at 2.30 for students. However, Year 11 students will have support and revision sessions in this time at specific points in the school calendar. The remainder of the afternoon on a Thursday until 4.50 is used for staff CPD and INSET.

Activities are available for those students who have to remain in school until 3.30 on Thursdays.

Lunch Times

We are pleased that Independent Catering has joined the school to deliver quality food at a competitive price to our students and staff.

Our achievements as a partnership include:

  • Varied nutritious meals that are freshly cooked onsite each day.
  • A variety of choices including a main meal, street food, sandwich bar and fresh salads to suit all tastes. Individual options such as Gluten free can be discussed with the catering manager.
  • Cashless Catering allows parent/carers to top up school dinner accounts online and also look at what their child/children are eating.
  • Cashless Catering has also driven up the number of pupils claiming their free school entitlement.
  • The dining hall has been awarded 5 star food standard rating for the last 3 inspections.

To register for free school meal please click the link below.

The above link will direct you to the Kent County Council site for Universal free school meals.

Uniform Expectations

A high standard of personal appearance is expected of all students and anyone arriving in non-uniform clothing may expect to be sent home to get changed. All items of school uniform should be clearly labelled with the student’s name. Ties should be correctly worn and shirts tucked in. Hair colour and style must be appropriate for school (non natural colours such as green, red or blue are not acceptable nor are shaved lines). Make-up is not recommended, however if worn should be discreet and complement natural skin tones, nail varnish should be natural tones only, no nail extensions are permitted. Non-uniform items will be confiscated. This policy is supported by the Uniform Card which will be issued termly.


Boys Girls

Black jumper with blue V Neck (optional - being phased out) - plain black V neck jumper also permitted
Year 7/8/9 - plain navy jumper (optional)

Plain white shirt
Optional summer short sleeved collared shirt for terms 5 & 6

School tie
Year 7/8/9 - school tie in House colour 

Black jacket with school logo (compulsory)
Year 7/8/9 - new style navy jacket with piping

Fitted black jacket with school logo (compulsory)
Year 7/8/9 - new style navy jacket with piping

Plain black ‘Putney’ trousers, standard 3cm plain black belt (if required)

Plain black ‘GTN Trutex’ trousers, standard 3cm plain black belt (if required). Leggings or jean type trousers are not permitted.
A plain black knee length ‘Designer Full Pleat’ (18”/20” length skirt) 
Year 7/8: navy tartan pleat skirt

Black socks Black socks or tights in lower school, upper school may also wear natural coloured tights
Plain black leather shoes. Canvas or trainer style shoes are not permitted. Plain black leather full shoes, with a maximum of 5cm heels. Canvas or trainer style shoes are not permitted
Outdoor coat should be plain and waterproof Hoodies and baseball caps are not allowed
Black rucksack with Abbey logo 

PE Uniform

Boys and Girls
Compulsory Items
Boys and Girls
Non-Compulsory Items
Blue Mitre Prostar/or Kelme polo shirt with school logo

Blue Mitre Prostar rain jacket with school logo 

Blue Mitre Prostar/Kelme tracksuit bottoms with school logo Blue Mitre Prostar training t-shirt with school logo
Blue Mitre Prostar or Kelme tracksuit jacket with school logo Blue Mitre Prostar sweatshirt with school logo
Blue games shorts (no logo) Football boots (any brand)
Blue games socks (no logo) Leggings with school logo (optional for girls)
White sports socks (any brand) Technical Trouser with school logo (optional for boys)
Astroturf trainers (any brand) Skort (no logo) 

All jewellery must be removed for P.E.


Students may wear a watch, one plain ring and a stud earring (maximum diameter 5mm) in each ear lobe. No other jewellery may be worn.

Uniform Stockists

Rival School & Dancewear

116 West Street
ME13 7JB
Tel: 01795 590473


Forster's School & Leisurewear

17/19 East Street
Kent ME10 4BQ
Tel: 01795 472947



Students require a strong school bag. This should be a rucksack or backpack; large sports holdalls are not suitable.

Items students will also need:

  • Pen
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pencil case
  • Pencil Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Pencil sharpener

The Maths Department will advise you about the calculator used throughout the school and Food Technology will supply information regarding food ingredients well in advance of lessons.

Marking of Property

Please mark permanently and clearly all items of clothing and equipment. School P.E. kit should be clearly marked with the owner’s name.

Whilst we make every effort to safeguard property, the school cannot take responsibility for any losses. Students should not bring valuables, expensive items or large sums of money into school, nor leave valued possessions unattended.

Please be aware that mobile phones or entertainment equipment brought into school by students is done so entirely at their own risk and the school will not be held responsible for any loss or damage.