Our secondary school week is changing.
And for the better. We’re moving to a four and a half day week from August 2021, which means that school will officially finish at 12.30pm on a Friday.
This follows a council review which recommended incorporating structured pathways in work-based learning and routes to employment to enhance and improve young people’s prospects after leaving school.
There will be no reduction to the key curriculum subjects. Monday to Thursday will finish at the same time and in place of that extra period on a Friday afternoon, there will be a range of exciting opportunities, some which many children and young people may never previously have had access to.
Even though learning has continued in a new way over the last year, young people will feel they have missed out on the social interaction at school, involvement in sport, creative channels and skills development. The voluntary afternoon is an opportunity to make up ‘lost time’ in those areas, as well as gaining skills for learning, life and work.
The fresh and innovative programme spans the fields of employability, music, sport and arts, health and wellbeing, digital learning, outdoor education, and academic and leadership development will give young people greater opportunities to be job-ready, independent, confident and better equipped for post-school experiences.
After all, it’s your future, so grab opportunities while you can.
The team is currently working on the programme of activities and more information will be available in the summer term.