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Proposed changes to the school day at Hightown Primary from September 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

In late March, we invited responses via a google survey Online Survey form to the proposed changes to the school day at both Hightown Primary and Kanes Hill Primary.


We are proposing that from September 2020, the school day for both Hightown and Kanes Hill will be – 8.45am to 3pm (KS1 children) and 8.45am to 3.05pm (KS2 children).

As we outlined in our email/ letter in March, we believe this slight adjustment to the school day will bring lots of benefits to the school; for example:

At Hightown, our teachers will have more time over a term to assess and develop consistent learning opportunities through staff meeting time. The children will also continue to benefit from a 40-minute lunch break, which gives them time to eat and have some free time outside to play responsibly with others through maintaining our high staffing ratios; this could not be managed by extending the lunch period.

We have been monitoring your responses and following the consultation of our staff and academy board members, who unanimously support the proposal, we will be closing the parent feedback survey at 5:00pm today, May 22nd.

What happens next?

We will report back the survey results to you in due course and for the few people seeking further clarity, you may have already received a call from us regarding any points you raised. If not, you will do so in early June.

We will also be uploading your thoughts and FAQs to our websites in June which will seek to provide further clarity regarding pick-up times at the end of the school day etc.

If the restrictions are lifted during the second half of the summer term, we will hold meetings for parents, but this may a remote meeting or one to one on site, where you will have the opportunity to ask any additional questions.

After collecting everyone’s views, the Trustees of Inspire Learning Partnership will be making a final decision in July so any changes are well publicised before the end of the 2019/20 academic year.

Kind regards,
Sian Cook