Poll: Cromer Academy could extend school hours - what do you think?

Cromer Academy is consulting on extending the school day. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer Academy is consulting on extending the school day. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

A north Norfolk school could extend its opening hours in an effort to boost its students' achievements.

Cromer Academy has started a consultation with parents and teachers to look into the possibility of extending the school day on Mondays to Thursdays, but keeping the current hours on Fridays.

Lessons currently take place between 8.20am and 2.35pm but if the proposal were implemented the school day could end at 3.40pm for four days a week.

Headteacher Penny Bignell said: 'There are many good reasons to consider this change, which could have a positive impact on students' achievement and their engagement with education.'

If introduced, an extra holiday week could create a two-week half-term break in October or February.

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Chairman of governors David Fincham said: 'This is a good example of how we can work with our parents to boost education in our communities.'

School bus companies have been consulted and the services would be altered.

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The extra hour would be used for extra-curricular activities, studying for extra qualifications and homework support.

The consultation questionnaire should be returned by Wednesday, May 15, and is available by visiting www.cromeracademy.org.uk.

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