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Changes to times of day Consultation

Dear Parents/Carers and other Stakeholders of Prince William School

I am writing to the parents/carers of all students currently at Prince William School, those with children at our feeder primary schools, those whose children are due to join Prince William School in September 2018, as well as other stakeholders in order to consult, formally, on a proposed change to the times of the school day.

The staff at Prince William School believe that many students find the lunch hour is too long. As many students eat at break time, they finish getting lunch from the canteen after about half an hour of the lunch break. Many students are reporting that they are bored in the second half of the lunch hour, and we aware that such boredom can result in less desirable behaviours emerging. Of course, many students are actively involved with clubs at lunchtimes, but the staff who run those activities have said that they would still be able to run these.

A shorter lunchtime would result in an earlier end to the school day. The Academy Trust and Governors are
supportive of this change, as are the County Council, and we do not anticipate any problems with the buses.
Indeed, for some children at the primary schools who have to wait for the bus to come from Prince William School to their school, their bus may now reach them a little earlier, meaning that they do not have to wait after school for so long for the bus to arrive. However, it is an important part of the consultation process for us to bring parents’ and carers’ attention the fact that the change would result in their children arriving home a little earlier.

One advantage of a slightly earlier finish is that students involved in PE fixtures after school would rarely have to be taken out of lesson 5 early in order to get to the venue. The school will continue to offer after school activities, which will presumably also end a little earlier than they have done previously. However, there are always staff on site for 2 or 3 hours after the end of the school day, so there is always somewhere safe for students to wait and work if they need to before being collected.

We are therefore proposing to change the time of the end of the school day from 3.30pm to 3.15pm, with effectfrom September 2018. The time of the start of school would remain the same, with registration at 8.55am.

We obviously want to understand and consider parents’ and carers’ opinions on this matter, so I would ask you to email any comments about this proposal to consultation@princewilliamschool.co.uk by noon on Thursday 24 May 2018. There will also be a meeting on Thursday 24 May at 6pm at the school, for parents/carers and stakeholders to attend come to if they wish to ask any further questions or discuss any points in detail.

After that, the Governors and Academy Trust will consider the feedback from the consultation and make a
decision about whether the proposed changes to the times of the school day should go ahead, be altered, or not happen at all. We will then write to you all again to inform you of the outcome officially.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Mrs E Dormor
Principal