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School Social Times 2018/19

Dear Parent/Carer,

In the new academic year we are changing the way in we schedule pupils’ social times during the school day. This will affect pupils’ morning break-times and lunchtimes. Currently, all pupils access their morning break and lunchtimes altogether, at the same time. Starting from 5th September 2018, we will be splitting these times, meaning that some year groups will have different social times to others. Years 7 and 8 will have one set of social times, whilst years 9, 10 and 11 will have another.

The rationale for split lunches is three-fold:

  1. Our new school build is due to commence in the autumn term, 2018. During the build, the amount of yard space available at social times will be limited. In the interest of health and safety, we will need to therefore limit the amount of pupils accessing the yard at social times.

  2. Having less pupils accessing the school yard and bistro at any one time (even when the new school build is complete) will ensure a calm climate in which pupils at lunch-time, in particular, do not feel as if they are rushed to eat their lunch.

  3. KS4 having all but one lesson prior to their lunch will maximising learning time in these crucial years of their education.

The attached schedule outlines the timings of these new morning break and lunch times. Please note the following key points:

  1. There is no change to the start or end of the school day. The school day will start at 8.30am and end at 2.45pm.

  2. Lunchtime is now 40 minutes instead of 45 minutes. As fewer amount of pupils will have lunch at any one time, pupils will be served quicker and more time available than currently to enjoy food and socialise. The 5 minutes will be added to form tutor time at the start of the day, further ensuring quality pastoral time.

  3. The needs of pupils who currently require medication at 12.00pm will be assessed on a case-by-case and arrangements discussed with parents if appropriate.

During the course of next academic year, we will be seeking feedback via the student council and parents forum to review how the split social times are being received. In the meantime, thank you for your anticipated support with this new schedule.

Yours faithfully,

Nathan Powell

Assistant Headteacher