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Future Fridays – it’s yours to make


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 that 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 of 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.

Future Fridays 32-period week brochure

Although the team is still working on the full programme of activities, take a look at our brochure for more information.

Please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at

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Page last updated:
22 Jul 2021

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