Pocklington School set to change ‘working week’ which will see pupils spending more time in lessons

Pocklington School is planning a new ‘working week’ to support its goal of further improving academic performance, increasing pupils’ independence and meeting the needs of modern family life.

Wednesday, 25th November 2020, 10:15 am
Headmaster Toby Seth, pictured with sixth formers, said students will benefit from longer lessons during the week.

Led by headmaster Toby Seth and endorsed by chair of Governors Tim Stephenson, the plans will see pupils spending more time in academic lessons across a five day week (Monday to Friday) with Saturdays reserved for sports fixtures and a new boarders’ weekend programme.

The school’s governors have given their unanimous approval for the plans, which were developed after extensive consultations with parents, pupils, prospective parents and staff.

Key features include a restructure of the current timetable to provide longer lessons plus a small extension to term dates to facilitate additional teaching time.

The plans will be adopted from September 2021.

Mr Seth said: “Our new working week will improve our overall educational product and experience for generations of Pocklington students to come.

“They will benefit from longer lessons during the week, giving them the time to develop independent thinking, consider problems in more depth and undertake practical work on a more frequent basis.

“Our enhanced sporting and co-curricular programmes will give students the opportunity to develop new interests, follow their passions and learn vital new skills to take with them when they leave school.”

Mr Stephenson added: “We believe it is right to provide our pupils the very best platform to prepare them for whatever pathway their future holds.

“This is even more important given the increasingly uncertain world our students are facing when they leave school.

“We will always be ready to make appropriate changes as the needs of pupils change, at the same time maintaining the best of our values and traditions.

“We looked very closely at what families wanted from an independent education and have adapted our already very strong provision to meet their needs too.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in creating and refining this initiative, to produce what is an exciting development for the foundation.”