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School Day Consultation

I am writing to share with you some proposed changes to the structure of the school day at The Canterbury Primary School.

The Department for Education has confirmed that all schools should plan to operate under a minimum expectation of a 32.5 hour school week.

As a result of this request from the Department for Education, we have needed to consider some changes to the timings and structure of the school day, in order to meet this expectation.
We are proposing to review the timings for the school day, so that the day begins at 8.45am and ends at 3.15pm for all year groups.

Should this change be agreed, it will start from Tuesday 3rd September 2024. The information regarding the proposed changes to the timings of the school day has been shared with Kent County Council, our nurseries, other local primary and secondary schools and external after school club providers. We will continue to liaise with these partners to ensure that there will not be any disruption to any service as a result of these proposed changes.

We appreciate that the proposed changes may affect you as a parent, in terms of childcare or working arrangements, and that you may understandably wish to ask questions about this. We would be very grateful to receive any initial thoughts, feedback or ideas that you have about this, and we invite you to  share these with us by contacting titling your email ‘New timings of the school day consultation.’

We would also like to invite you to a Parents’ Forum meeting on Tuesday 23rd April at 2.00pm at the Primary School. This forum will be completely dedicated to feedback on these proposed changes, and we would be delighted to welcome as many of our parents as possible to join us at this meeting. If you are planning to attend, please email, including in your email your child / children’s name and year group.

We have started compiling frequently asked questions, and the corresponding answers, which can be found using the following link: http://localhost/canterbury-primary/cps-school-day-consultation/ This will be updated with any questions that are sent through.

Thank you very much for your ongoing support with these proposed changes. Results of all consultations will be shared by Friday 3rd May.


Miss B Wilson
Head of School

Frequently Asked Questions

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