School plans to open one hour later because pupils are struggling to get out of bed on time

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

Getting up in the morning is not easy for anyone but one school is planning on opening later so pupils get an extra hour in bed.

The lucky students of Blatchington Mill School in Sussex may soon be able to have a lie-in every single day as staff have noticed they are struggling to make it in on time.

The school says that shifting the first lesson from 8.25am to 9.25am will boost pupils’ concentration and even improve their exam results.

However, it’s not all good news as a later start also means a later finish – meaning the school day would end at 4pm instead of 3pm.

Staff, pupils and parents are now being consulted on the plans.

Pupils at Blatchington Mill School in Sussex can’t seem to get to school on time (Google)

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Headteacher Ashley Harrold said “With everything we do in school we want to take an approach of looking at research to see how to do things better for young people and families and then implement this in the school.

“We don’t think that school is the way it is and can never be changed. There may well be big logistical changes we could make.

“Actually, our experience is that pupils are generally quite focused in the morning and there’s not a massive issue with morning lessons.

“But we are looking for marginal gains to get a more harmonious learning experience.”

The headteacher added: “It may be that they’re absolutely fine now but they might be even better if we start a little bit later.”

If the plans go ahead, the measure would be brought in by September 2018.

The plan is being considered after research suggested that early starts “do not support the biological rhythms of adolescents”.

Or anyone else, for that matter.

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