School Day

  • Public Health Wales

14 February 2019

Following discussion with the Governing Body, it is proposed to change our school day as below for September 2019.


St John’s – current

Proposed new day


8.40 am

8.40 am


9.00 am

9.00 am


10.00 am

10.00 am


11.00 am

11.00 am


11.15 am

11.15 am


12.15 pm

12.15 pm


1.15 pm

1.15 pm

Reg & L5

2.05 pm

1.55 pm

End of day

3.10 pm

2.55 pm


Rationale for changing the school day:


The reasons that there is a proposal for changing the school day is to shorten the lunch hour to improve experiences for pupils. Some time ago, it took 50 minutes for all pupils to have their lunch in the canteen. However, with the introduction of a sixth form bistro and our cashless canteen system, pupils have finished lunch by 1.40pm.

Currently this then leaves another 25  minutes for  pupils to be outside. Given the cold weather and rain that we experience and listening to the views of learners, we are proposing that lesson 5 starts at 1.55pm.

This will still give time for lunchtime activities to take place and we would introduce a pre-order system for lunch so that pupils who are going to lunchtime sessions could pre-order lunch.


Currently we have 5 minutes for registration and 1 hour for lesson 5.  This is historical.

However now, for safeguarding reasons, a register is taken each lesson and so there is no need for a separate registration time.


There is no change to the time for learning and teaching. 


If this proposal were to be adopted, it would mean that pupils would arrive home 15 minutes earlier which may be safer in the winter evenings as many of our pupils travel to our school.


Please do not hesitate to contact me for further clarification.


Thank you


Dr S M Mitchell



Please would you let me have any comments in writing by Tuesday 5th March 2019.  There will be a meeting to further discuss this on Thursday 14th March 2019 at 5.00 pm at the school.




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