Change of school day timings for September 2019

Change of school day timings for September 2019

I would like to update you on some changes that will be implemented in September 2019. This information below also explains how you can ask any questions or raise concerns about the change. Letters with all this information have been sent home to all parents/carers this week too.

Our school day from September 2019 will follow the timings below:

We are reducing the number of lessons per week from 25 to 24 for all students. We are also changing the start time of the school day to 8:55am. Form time will be 10 minutes shorter and students will finish each Monday at 2pm.

We want to keep developing the quality of education your children receive, to do this we have planned a new curriculum. This will change both what we teach and how we teach your children. Below are some key points for you explaining why we are making these changes:

  • All teachers will remain in school until 4:10pm every Monday, focusing on resource development and the sharing of best practice in teaching
  • To ensure this is implemented successfully, Period 5 on a Monday will become departmental planning time for all staff
  • Despite this change, all subjects will still have more time than is recommended by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority with no time taken from option subjects
  • The additional hour will be taken from English at KS3 and mathematics at KS4. After this reduction both these subjects still receive almost 200 hours more time for delivery of their content, over your child’s five years at school, than the minimum set out by the authorities
  • For whatever reason, if your child needs to remain in school until 3pm on Mondays, we are staffing an area of school that can be used for study support and homework completion
  • Form time will be reduced by 10 minutes a day. This is because we are creating a lesson per week to deliver Personal, Social, Health and Citizen Education rather than delivering it through form time. This is to better support students in learning about areas such as finance, employment, relationships, mental health and social media
  • The later start time will support the increasing number of children travelling further to attend the school

If you would like to hear more about our plans for September or have any concerns please speak to us. I will be holding a drop in session to explain the changes in more detail on Monday 2 September 2019 at 5.30pm with a follow-up for feedback and review in November. If you are unable to attend then it is also possible to email any comments or concerns to: info@swinton.coop

If you would like your child to attend the optional 2-3pm session on Mondays then please email us at: info@swinton.coop

Yours faithfully
Mark Harrison, Headteacher