School day could start one hour later at Hove school

Ashley Harrold, headteacher of Blatchington Mill School
Ashley Harrold, headteacher of Blatchington Mill School

Blatchington Mill School is set to consult its students, staff and parents on starting the school day one hour later than usual.

The plan is to shift the school day to start at 9.25am and finish at 4pm - instead of the current 8.30am to 3pm.

A school spokesman said: “There is a growing consensus view that early start times do not support the biological rhythms of adolescents, and it is our intention through this consultation to investigate whether this change of start time could impact positively on student concentration, work ethic, attendance, punctuality, and ultimately educational outcomes.”

The consultation will begin in February, and will close before the Easter break.

The school said there would then be an analysis of the consultation and a decision will be made about whether to take the proposal forward. The proposed timeframe for implantation of the change will be considered as part of the consultation, but could not be before September 2018 at the earliest.

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