Re-designed school week from next term

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PETERHEAD Academy’s working week will change from next term, to provide more teaching hours and increased course selection.

The new timetable, which increases school periods from 40 to 50 minutes, is designed to allow pupils more time in all of their classes, particularly in practical subjects like PE and home economics, where preparation time can take up a significant proportion of the lesson.

The revised working week is being rolled out across Scotland and aims to more effectively distribute staff, providing more diverse teaching.

“It means longer learning episodes,” explains acting rector Tim McKay. “Take PE classes, for example. The pupils only have 40 minutes so by the time they change before and afterwards, there is very little time left. We are essentially re-packaging education and can save one or two members of staff this way who will be available for alternative classes.”

From August, the school’s 1,300 pupils will begin the new ‘asymetric week,’ beginning their day at 8.30am. They will attend seven 50-minute periods, finishing at 3.40pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays will be slightly different, however, with just six 50-minute periods and finishing at 2.50pm.

The new timetable will go on trial in June in preparation for the new school year beginning in August.

Mr McKay added: “Aberdeenshire bus contracts will reflect the changes to the start and finish of the school day. The school library will also remain open.”