Menu Close

Arrange a visit to our school to find out more here

Proposal to change the timings of the school day

Email sent to parents on 10th December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are writing to inform you of some proposed changes to the structure of the school day here at Airy Hill.

They are:

  • to introduce a staggered start and end to the school day
  •  to bring the overall length of the school day in line with other primary schools

Nursery timings remain unchanged.

Current Arrangements:

Start of the day: 8:50am

End of the day: 3:30pm

Proposed Arrangements

Start of the day Reception and KS1: 8:45am

End of the day Reception and KS1: 3:00pm

Start of the day KS2: 8:55am

End of the day KS2: 3:10pm

Should these changes be approved, we believe that these changes will be beneficial to the school community and will have a positive effect on your child’s education.

Key benefits include:

  • Reducing congestion on the school lane, making the journey to and from school safer for children and their families
  • Bringing the length of the school day in line with other local primary schools
  • Enabling additional time for class teachers and teaching assistants to work together to prepare for high quality learning experiences for all children

I appreciate that these changes may affect you, in terms of childcare or working arrangements, and in terms of your child’s education. For this reason, I would like to invite you to give your feedback by sending your responses to our school governors via email at admin.airyhill@yeat.co.uk. Please send any responses by Friday 14th January 2022.

The school offers high quality, low cost before and after school provision. We will review the session timings and costs to provide options that suit the new timings of the day.

We will communicate the outcome of the consultation following our governing body meeting at the end of January.

Yours sincerely,

Catherine Matthewman and Chrissy Yates

Email sent to parents on 15th December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for the responses we have received so far regarding the proposal to make changes to the school day.

A reminder of the proposed changes

Nursery timings remain unchanged. 

 Current Arrangements:

Start of the day: 8:50am 

End of the day: 3:30pm

 Proposed Arrangements

Start of the day Reception and KS1: 8:45am

End of the day Reception and KS1: 3:00pm

 Start of the day KS2: 8:55am 

End of the day KS2: 3:10pm

 We have been asked to provide some further details and would like to share these with you now.

Length of the school day

When reviewing the timings of the day, we identified that the length of the day at Airy Hill is longer than the majority of other primary schools by around 25 minutes.

See table below:

 

School Start Finish
Airy Hill 8:50am 3:30pm
West Cliff 9:00am 3:15pm
Stakesby 8:45am 3:15pm
East Whitby 8:45am 3:10pm
Castleton 9:00am 3:15pm
Lealholm 9:00am 3:30pm
Glaisdale 9:00am 3:15pm

Over the course of the week, this adds up to over two hours of additional teaching time.

Teacher workload

Because of the length of the school day, teachers at Airy Hill are required to teach for over two hours per week more than their colleagues in other local schools, for the same pay. The Education Endowment Foundation recommend that school leaders should monitor staff wellbeing and workload to ensure that additional teaching time does not reduce quality (e.g. through less time for professional development or planning lessons).

Preparation time

By reducing the length of the school day, bringing it in line with other local schools, this would provide more time for teachers to spend on planning, preparation and marking, ensuring consistently high quality learning opportunities for all children.

Collaboration with Support Staff

By bringing the end of the teaching day forward, this would enable time for class teachers and teaching assistants to liaise and work collaboratively. Joint planning and assessment time would further increase the effectiveness of the teaching team.

We hope that this additional information is helpful and you are invited to continue to give your feedback by sending your responses to our school governors via email at admin.airyhill@yeat.co.uk. Please send any responses by Friday 14th January 2022.

Yours sincerely,

Catherine Matthewman and Chrissy Yates

 

We like to keep busy at Airy Hill and there is always lots going on for children of all age groups. It can be hard work keeping track of school visits, enrichment activities, assemblies, Friends of Airy Hill events, parents' evening and much more!

The school newsletter is published every Friday and reading this will keep you informed about what we've been up to in school that week and what to expect in the weeks ahead.

Why not have a read through some of our recent newsletters...?

Recent Newsletters

Friday 2nd July 2021

Friday 25th June 2021

Friday 18th June 2021

Arrangements for the end of term 2021

Friday 11th June 2021

School dinner menu Summer 2021

Friday 28th May 2021

Friday 21st May 2021

Airy Hill Food Policy - Letter to Parents

Friday 14th May 2021

Whitby area community sports clubs

Friday 7th May 2021

Friday 30th April 2021

Friday 23rd April 2021

Friday 16th April 2021

Friday 26th March 2021

Friday 19th March 2021

School dinner menu Summer 2021

Friday 12th March 2021

Friday 5th March 2021

Friday 26th February 2021

Friday 12th February 2021

Friday 5th February 2021

Friday 29th January 2021

Parent Questionnaire Summary Home Learning

Letter to parents from the Chair of Governors

Home Learning (parent survey)

Home Learning (pupil survey)

Friday 22nd January 2021

Friday 15th January 2021

Friday 8th January 2021

Thursday 17th December 2020

Thursday 10th December 2020

Friday 4th December 2020

C-19 guidance

A question of Dyslexia Nov 2020

Friday 27th November 2020

Friday 20th November 2020

Friday 13th November 2020

Friday 6 November 2020

Friday 23rd October 2020

Unicef letter

Friday 16th October 2020

Communication Leaflet

Home Learning Leaflet

Bullying Leaflet

Friday 9th October 2020

Christmas Fundraiser 2020

UNICEF letter to parents October 2020

Caedmon College Virtual Open Evening and tours

Friday 2nd October 2020

Friday 25th September 2020

23rd September - PHE letter to parents and guardians

COVID-poster

Airy Hill_Flu 2020 Parent Letter (1)

Friday 18th September 2020

Friday 11th September 2020

Friday 3rd July 2020

Friday 19th June 2020

Friday 5th June 2020

Friday 22nd May 2020

Thursday 7th May 2020

Friday 13th March 2020

Attendance Newsletter - March 2020, Issue 1

Friday 6th March 2020

Friday 28th February

Friday 14th February

Friday 7th February

Friday 31st January

24th January 2020

17th January 2020

10th January 2020

20th December 2019

13th Newsletter 2019

6th December 2019

22nd November 2019

15th November 2019

8th November 2019

Autumn Term Sports

25th October 2019

18th October 2019

11th October 2019

4th October 2019

20th September 2019

13th September 2019

6th September 2019


12th July 2019

5th July 2019

28th June 2019

21st June 2019

14th June 2019

7th June 2019

NY Moors Half Term Activities

24th May 2019

17th May 2019

10th May 2019

Colour Run Poster 2019

3rd May 2019

12th April 2019

My Child At School Parent Guide Full

My Child At School Parent Quick Guide

29th March 2019

22nd March 2019