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Early finish for some Norfolk students as changes are planned to the standard school day

PUBLISHED: 18:56 21 March 2018

Lynn Grove Academy as been rated as good by Ofsted.
Picture: Lynn Grove Academy

Lynn Grove Academy as been rated as good by Ofsted. Picture: Lynn Grove Academy

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Students at a Norfolk high school could soon be enjoying an early mid-week finish as changes are planned to the standard school day.

Under proposals being put forward at Lynn Grove Academy, Gorleston, a switch to longer lessons will give teachers more time to plan, and students a 2pm home-time on Wednesdays.

Moving from a six-day period to a five day one will see overall taught time increase by 15 minutes with more focus on English, maths, and science.

However, modern languages will receive 30 minutes less per week and RE will be taught in a single one-hour session per fortnight.

Principal Alison Mobbs, said: “We have thought long and hard about how we can help our teachers develop so that they are best placed to deliver the quality teaching our pupils deserve.

“The demands of the modern curriculum mean that teachers get very little time to get together and plan, think and share progressive ideas – all of which benefit pupils and are essential for a forward-thinking school.

“The earlier finish on Wednesdays will allow students to pursue extra-curricular opportunities, engage in sports fixtures, complete independent study in the library and/or attend a homework club.”

If agreed, the plan will see morning lessons lasting an hour rather than 50 minutes, and the afternoon period lasting 75 minutes.

A four-period day will be introduced on Wednesdays.

Mrs Mobbs said the longer lessons would reduce time wasted moving around the school and give pupils more chance to concentrate on learning.

Under the changes English and maths will have an extra 40 minutes per week in Years 10 and 11, and science will have an extra 40 minutes in Years 7, 8 and 9 with history, geography and design technology all getting an extra 20 minutes a week.

Additional content will be delivered through assemblies, form time and collapsed timetable days where specialist educators are invited into the school.

Mrs Mobbs added: “We take a pupil-first approach to everything we do at Lynn Grove and are committed to doing everything we can to give our pupils a rounded education.”

Parents have until April 9 to have their say.

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