Writing a Cyclical Timetable

Starting to Build a Cyclical Timetable


A cyclical timetable is simpler than it sounds. In fact, there are only two different versions of a day: one in which a Key Stage 3 Year Group is matched against a Key Stage 4 Year Group,e.g. Year 7 v Year 10, or where a Key Stage 3 Year Group is matched against another Key Stage 3 Year Group. In the model timetable, this only happens on Mondays when both Year Seven and Year Eight are in school. So, from Wednesday Week 1 to Friday Week 2 you go to the same classrooms for the same lessons every day that you are in school.

This means it should be possible to draw up a cyclical timetable in hours, not weeks, especially if you download the 'dummy' timetable from the link at the bottom of the page. This opens up a Google Sheet in a new window, which you can then make a copy of and edit to your heart's content.

Another great thing about the cyclical timetable is that students don't need to know what their timetable is! After all, they aren't going to leave the classroom all day, except to go to the toilet and take ten minutes in the playground or the canteen. No more children wandering the corridors saying that they don't know where they're meant to be. 

There is a 'dummy' timetable available by clicking this button


This is the Standard Day with one KS3 Year Group timetabled against one KS4 Year Group and a number of Sixth Form classes going on alongside. This happens to be Wed1/Thu1 which is the Year 8 and Year 10 Engage cycle, but it could be Fri1/Mon2, Tue2/Wed2 or Thu2/Fri2. The only thing that changes is the year groups. 


These are the anomalous days where, because there are more Key Stage 3 Year Groups than Key Stage 4 ones, two KS3 Year Groups have to be taught together. So we tell the Sixth Form to stay at home!