Parents furious as schools reveal 'ludicrous' plans to shut 45 minutes earlier

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Parents have slammed the “ludicrous” idea to make schools shut 45 minutes earlier.

The schools in Wales, Porthcawl Comprehensive, Pencoed Comprehensive and Ysgol Maesteg School and Nottage Primary School, are all considering whether to close earlier from September 2019.

The shorter days would see primary school children finish as early as 2.45pm instead of 3.30pm and secondary school children finish at 3pm instead of 3.25pm.

Teachers claim it won’t affect the amount of time kids spend in class, as they will simply reduce their break times instead, Wales Online reports.

But hundreds of parents have hit out at the proposals – saying it will make it harder for working parents to collect children, reduce the time children spend socialising outdoors and even impact pupil’s mental wellbeing.

Nottage Primary School in Porthcawl

 

One parents described it as a “ludicrous idea” and said parents “already struggle enough sorting out childcare”.

This comes after other schools in Wales, including three in Pembrokeshire, announced plans to close at lunchtime of Fridays.

Porthcawl Comprehensive – which has a cohort of 1,400 pupils – sent a letter to parents on February 23 announcing its proposed plan.

The letter reads: “It is proposed that the school will open at 8.45 and lessons will finish at 3pm.

“The internal timings of the day will be adjusted to accommodate the change. The time spent teaching will remain totally unaffected.”

Following suit, Nottage Primary School in Porthcawl said it plans to cut its school days to bring them in-line with the comprehensive, making it easier for parents with children at both the primary and secondary school.

A letter sent to parents on April 4 reads: “As you may be aware, Porthcawl Comprehensive has proposed a change to their school day.

Pencoed Comprehensive School

 

“As we are in such close proximity, we feel in the best interest of our pupils and parents we should align with their proposal.

“It is proposed to change the times of the school day from September 2019 onwards. The change is applicable for all learners at the school.”

If given the green light, lessons at Nottage Primary School would finish at 2.45pm for nursery pupils; 2.50pm for those in reception, year one and year two; and 2.55pm for year three to six.

Lessons currently end at 3.30pm.

Maesteg School

 

According to Bridgend County Borough Councils, Pencoed Comprehensive and Ysgol Maesteg School have also told the local authority that they are also consulting with pupils, parents, carers and staff on changing the timings of the school day.

A spokesman for the council said: “This is not a council proposal. Under the 2009 School Regulations, either a local authority or a school governing body is able to propose this.

“The time spent teaching will remain unaffected.”

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