It’s changed days for high school pupils

Bearsden Academy
Bearsden Academy

Bearsden Academy is set to become the latest secondary school in East Dunbartonshire to move to a flexible school week structure.

Following consultation with all interested parties the overall amount of teaching time remains unaffected – 27.5hours per week.

However, the school week will take on a new shape with staggered closing times and varying lunch breaks after the Easter holidays.

The school day begins at 8.50am each day and ends at 3.55pm on Monday and Wednesday and 3.05pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The lunch break is from 1.25pm to 2.15pm on Monday and Wednesday and 12.35pm to 1.25pm on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Six other local secondary schools have already made similar changes to their school week in order to adopt a more flexible approach to teaching the Curriculum for Excellence.

Councillor Eric Gotts, convener of the council’s education committee, explained the benefits of the move.

He said: “The Curriculum for Excellence demands a flexible approach to teaching periods to allow sufficient times for all subjects.

“In particular, schools must ensure that pupils have two hours of quality physical education each week and that pupils in the senior school have access to religious education lessons.”

Headteacher of Bearsden Academy, George Cooper, led the consultation which involved discussions between pupils, staff, trades union representatives and parents who then came up with the proposed new structure.

He is looking forward to the new structure and thanked everyone who took part in the consultation.

He said: “This is an important move forward for the school which will afford us an element of flexibility that we didn’t have before.

“We know that it is working elsewhere and I am sure that pupils and staff will soon begin to reap the rewards of these changes.”

Curriculum for Excellence aims to achieve a transformation in education in Scotland by providing a coherent, more flexible and enriched curriculum and educational experience for pupils agedthree to 18 years old.