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Proposal to change the length of the school day

I am writing to inform you of some proposed changes to the structure of the school day here at Arboretum Primary School. These changes are in line with the statutory requirements to ensure that the school week is 32.5 hours long from September 2024. To comply with these requirements, we propose to extend the length of the day by 15 minutes, so that start time will be 8.45 and home time will be at 3.15pm.

Should the changes be agreed, they will come into force from Monday 27th February 2024. This proposal has already been approved by governors on 16th November.

I believe that these changes will be beneficial to the school community and will have a positive effect on your child’s education. The additional 15 minutes per day will enable teachers to fit more lesson time into a very busy timetable.

As a result of this change, we will reduce Breakfast Club by 15 minutes so that it ends at 8.45.  There will be no change to after school clubs.

I appreciate that these changes may affect you, in terms of childcare or working arrangements, and in terms of your child’s education. For this reason, I would like to invite you to give your feedback by sending your responses to or via Dojo message to me.

We will release the results of the consultation by Friday 12th January and confirm this via letter and Dojo to you.

Yours sincerely

Helen Phillips