Proposal to change the length of the school day

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Dear Parent / Carer

I wrote to you on 20 May to seek your views about our intention to change the school day at Longfield Academy from September 2022.  The letter was in response to the government’s expectation for schools to offer a 32.5-hour week by September 2023.  The following proposals were suggested in the letter:

  • Start time – 8.30am.  This means that students will be expected to arrive in school at 8.25am at the latest in order to be on time for their first session. Currently, students are expected to be in school at 8.40am for an 8.45am start.
  • Finish time (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) – 3.15pm. Currently, school finishes at 3.20pm on these days.
  • Wednesday finish time will remain at 2.00pm, in line with other schools in the Trust,  so that staff can continue to participate in Continuous Professional Development activities for the benefit of our students.

As part of the consultation process, we contacted the Chair of Governors, Academies Director, Kent County Council and the bus companies that directly serve our families. The bus companies have informed us that they are able to accommodate the changes to our school day and that they can get to the academy ahead of the first session at 8.30am. 

Altogether, we received 21 responses from parents or carers who had reservations about the proposal. I have personally phoned these parents and carers and have had discussions with those I managed to reach to reassure them and also to explain the school’s perspective further.  As we have in excess of 1000 students, we have taken the decision to go ahead with the proposals put forward in my letter to you. Therefore, from September 2022, our school time will be from 8.30am – 3.15pm each day apart from Wednesdays when school will finish at 2.00pm. Students will be expected to arrive at school at 8.25am each day. We will review the impact of these changes and share our learning with parents/carers in due course.

I apologise for any inconvenience these changes may cause you but can assure you that the actions we are taking remain in the very best interest of all our students and our academy.

I thank you for your continued support.

 

Yours faithfully

Dr F. Donkor | Principal