Dear Parents/Carers,

Re: Changes to the timings of the school day

I am writing to you to tell you about some changes to the timings of the school day, which will start in September 2019.

As a school we strive for the highest standards of teaching and the best possible outcomes for our pupils and believe that only a continuing learning and training programme can assure a high level of expertise and enable our teachers to keep their professional skills and knowledge up to date.  With this in mind, we have decided to make changes to the timings of the school day in order to create a two-hour session every week for teaching staff to work on the important and, in many cases, very complicated changes to the curriculum, GCSE, BTEC and A level examination. The two-hour period will take place between 2:00pm and 4:00pm every Wednesday afternoon.

From September 2019, students will be dismissed from school at 1.30pm every Wednesday.  However, lunches will be served up until 2:00pm for any students who wish to stay.  From 2:00pm to 3:00pm there will be a planned programme of sport, intervention, educational activities and homework clubs, details of which will be circulated at a later date. 

Students can voluntarily join the activities, or parents can request that their son/daughter is part of this supervised programme every Wednesday.  Some may be compulsory and parents will be notified individually if this is the case.

The period that students will miss on Wednesday afternoon will now be replaced by a 6 period day on a Monday, with students being dismissed from school at 4.00pm.

The other significant change is that students will register slightly earlier. Students will now have an extended tutor period beginning at 8.35am.

Consideration is currently being given to a range of issues that arise from these changes including detentions, transport and sports fixtures. I can reassure Parents/Carers that there will be no reduction in the amount and variety of extracurricular activities on offer.   Further details about how we will manage these issues will be circulated at a later date.

I realise that these changes will have an impact for some of our parents and I have tried to take into consideration all issues that may arise.  We will be trialling this new timetable initially for the academic year 2019/20 and, after reviewing its success and impact, will make a decision whether it becomes permanent from 2020/21.

I would very much appreciate your feedback on the changes and any suggestions or concerns you may have.  You can do this in a number of ways:

Below I have included a table to show the basic changes for September 2019.

  School Starts P1-4 Lunch P5 After School
Monday8.35 AM RegAs beforeAs beforeNormal lesson, then to P6 P6 Students dismissed from P6
Tuesday8:35 AM RegAs beforeAs beforeAs before  
Wednesday8:35 AM RegAs beforeAs beforeStaff CPD (2:00pm – 4pm) Students dismissed at 1:30pm. Lunch served until 2pmStaff CPD until 4:00pm
Thursday 8:35 AM Reg As before As before As before  
Friday8:35 AM Reg As before As before As before  

Yours faithfully

Chris Ash
Head of School

The original letter can be downloaded/viewed here