11 June 2020

Consultation Proposal Results

 Dear Parents, Carers and Stakeholders

I am writing to inform you of the outcome of the Consultation Proposal: Changing the times of the School Day. Firstly, thank you to all of the parents, carers and stakeholders that responded to the consultation, your feedback and input is greatly appreciated.

I have analysed and presented the results to the Full Governing Board and they have approved my recommendations, to start in September.

On the 1st May 2020, I wrote to you to explain the rationale for change. There were four main proposals:

1.  A change to the start of the school day for all students, from 08.45 to 08.30
2.  Lunch to start 5 minutes earlier, and to be 5 minutes longer: 12.40 to 13.20
3.  A change to the time of the end of the school day, from 15.05 to 15.00 for all year groups, except         for Year 11. (Some Post 16 lessons are timetabled after the end of school and they will finish 
     at 15.50)
4.  For Year 11 pupils only a compulsory Period 7 from 15.00 to 16.00

Results of the consultation:

1. A change to the start of the school day for all students, from 08.45 to 08.30

84% of responses supported the change to the school day. The new student start time will now be 8.30am. Students will need to be on site, ready to learn, at 8.30am. I do appreciate that this may have an impact for a few parents that rely on school buses and I have contacted the bus companies to inform them of our new start times. I have been informed that the September bus times have yet to be confirmed and published. We will open our doors to students from 8am each morning to provide flexibility for students and parents/carers with regard to travelling/dropping off to school. Breakfast is available to purchase in the Dining Hall should students wish to take up this offer. Our 8.30am start time will allow us to have a calm and purposeful start to the day and we will be introducing roll call. During roll call students spend some time with their year group, tutors and Pastoral Leader to register, and to check uniform and equipment. Students will then proceed to their tutor room for a 20 minute guided reading session.

2. Lunch to start 5 minutes earlier, and to be 5 minutes longer: 12.40 to 13.20

91% of responses supported the change for an additional 5 minutes at lunchtime. Period 5 session will start at 13.20 and this is when P.M. Registration will occur. It is essential that all students are prompt to the start of this lesson.

3. A change to the time of the end of the school day, from 15.05 to 15.00 for all year groups, except     for Year 11. (Some Post 16 lessons are timetabled after the end of school and they will finish at 15.50)

89% of responses supported the change for the College to finish at 3.00pm.

4. For Year 11 pupils only a compulsory Period 7 from 15.00 to 16.00

84% of responses supported the change for Year 11 pupils only to have a compulsory Period 7 from 15.00 to 16.00. This will be used to deliver an extra session of English, Maths, Science and of each the students’ option subjects. This is a compulsory part of the school day for Year 11 and attendance to these sessions will be monitored and any absence will follow school procedure for unauthorised absence. This includes, if appropriate, Educational Welfare Officer involvement.
To confirm, the new arrangements for September 2020 will be as follows:

 Frequently asked questions from stakeholders: 

• ‘Will my child who is not in Year 11 still be able to get support with homework after school?’

Yes, the KS3 Learning Club and the KS4 Learning Café will still be open after school to support homework.

• ‘Can the lunchtime be extended any longer?’ 

Unfortunately, we cannot increase the lunchtime any longer, as we share the dining hall with our campus partners who also need to provide lunch times for their students.

• ‘Can you extend Period 7 even longer as students have missed so much time in Year 11 already?’

We are not planning to extend the school day any longer than the Period 7 that we have proposed, but we will be opening the Learning Café for Year 11 students between 4.00pm-5.00pm whenever possible to support any students who wish to remain in school for additional study.

I believe that the changes we have made will ensure a smooth start to the school day and all students will be ready to learn; the increased amount of time delivered for the tutor reading programme will enhance students’ performance and, by creating an extra day’s worth of learning for Year 11, there will be a positive impact on student outcomes.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your child’s Pastoral Leader in the first instance.

Once again, I thank you for your ongoing support and feedback to this consultation.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs J Bevan 
Principal