The Greenwell Academy Information for Parents

Uniform at The Greenwell Academy 

All pupils must be dressed appropriately during school hours. 

The Greenwell Academy will provide each student with a green jumper, with our school logo on it, as well as white polo shirts also with the logo on. Pupils can then wear dark tracksuit bottoms or trousers with dark trainers or shoes. 

Parents/Carers will ensure students are appropriately dressed for school. This means wearing dark tracksuits or dark jogger bottoms and The Greenwell Academy embroidered tops. Please note that large and/or offensive logos are not permitted.

Hoodies should not be worn.

Coats should be dark and may be handed in at the start of the day.

Only religious headscarves may be worn and these must be navy blue or black. Other headscarves, caps, hats and du-rags cannot be worn in school. These too must be handed in if the student comes to school with them.

Students may wear a stud in each ear. Other jewelry is not safe because we place an emphasis on practical activities and we do not want students to be injured by wearing chains or large     ear-rings.

Mobile Phones and electronic devices may not be used or worn around the school. There is a lockable safe available to store phones and other devices. All phones and devices will be returned to students at the end of the day. This is for the safety and protection of all students and their equipment.

Our School Day

A day in the life of a Greenwell student… 

The schedule below shows a typical day at The Greenwell Academy for a student on a full timetable. It is important to note that students will be on personalised timetables and these will be reflective of their needs. Students are taught in groups of up to 8 pupils supported by a teacher and 2 teaching assistants. 

Therapeutic work which includes speech and language intervention and counselling takes place during the school day when necessary. 

  • 8.45am – 9.15am Breakfast & Nurture (with a PSHE focus) 

  • 9.15am – 10:00am Period 1 – Maths 

  • 10.00am -10.15am Break and snack 

  • 10.15am – 11.00am Period 2 – English 

  • 11.00am – 11.45am Period 3 – Science 

  • 11.45am – 12.30pm Period 4 – PE 

  • 12.30pm – 1.00pm Family style lunch (students and staff eat together in small groups) 

  • 1.00pm – 1:45pm Period 5 – Cooking 

  • 1.45pm – 2.15pm Break and snack 

  • 1.45pm – 2.55 pm Period 6 – Cooking  

  • 3pm End of the school day   

Throughout the week, students participate in offsite activities based on their individual needs. This currently includes days at The Wilderness Foundation, swimming, trampolining, and boxing sessions. Through their enrichment sessions, they also have access to museum visits, farm visits, cinema trips, forest school activities, and other sporting activities.

Local Authority School Travel Assistance - Transport

Some of our pupils may be eligible for support from the local authority for getting to and from school. This support is usually offered in the form of a taxi to and from school or a parent support budget to assist with the cost of fuel when getting pupils to and from school. 

If you require travel assistance for your child starting in the September term, please ensure you apply through your local council before 20th April. Your SEN caseworker should be able to support you in this process. Please note that transport is commissioned through Essex Local Authority, and the school has no input around decisions and logistics. However, if help is required to complete the form, please get in touch with the school office on 01279 746 845. 

Information that may be required for this process includes the following:

  • A medical statement or letter from the child’s GP

  • The most recent copy of your tax credits award notice from HMRC

  • Name of the child’s allocated Social Worker if the local authority looks after the child

  • Evidence of the parent's disability

  • Evidence that the child requires a passenger assistant, such as documentation from the child’s school or a medical professional.

More information, including information regarding eligibility, can be found here: