Longer school days for Tollbar students

Longer school days for Tollbar students

Longer school days for Tollbar students

An extra period is being added to the timetables of sixth form students at Tollbar Academy, meaning that some students will face longer days from September.

This is to make up for lost learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, the school day at Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College finishes at 4.05pm.

However, as the school increases its day from seven to eight periods, an extra 40-minutes will be added.

The day will then finish at 4.45pm.

David Hampson, chief executive of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, said:

“In light of the current national situation within education, I have looked at the provision moving forward for the Sixth Form College students and future students.

“From September there will be increased contact time for all subject disciplines, expanding to seven periods per subject.

“This will be extremely beneficial to all students to help build on their confidence back in the classroom, and increase their level of engagement.

“It is our priority, especially in these times, to ensure that all students have the best opportunities to reach their full potential and succeed into higher education and/or employment.”

Caroline Yates, Tollbar Academy principal, added:

“Throughout these unprecedented times I have been extremely proud of the dedication of all students and staff at both Tollbar Academy and Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College, particularly their quality of work and level of engagement.

“Mr Ritchie has a proven track record, leading an extremely successful science department at Tollbar Academy for many years.

“He is also is an experienced vice-principal who has worked across Tollbar Multi Academy Trust and experienced a number of different roles, which will transfer successfully into leading Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College.

“Mr Green is an experienced assistant principal who has worked for Tollbar Academy for a number of years. He is an exceptional sixth form teacher and has a wealth of experience to bring to the team.”

There has been national speculation regarding the extension of the school day for students of all ages, although no formal announcement has been made.

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