Restructuring the school day: examples

See examples of schools that have restructured their school day, including schools that have staggered their lunch breaks.

Last reviewed on 12 June 2019
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Staggering the school day
  2. Increasing the length of lessons
  3. Staggering/splitting the lunch break

Staggering the school day

Gerry Wadwa, the headteacher at Featherstone High School (a secondary academy in Ealing), told us that the school introduced a staggered school day for different year groups while the school completed building works:

  • Pupils in Key Stage (KS) 3 attended from 8:30am to 2:15pm
  • Pupils in KS4 attended from 10:30am to 4pm
  • All pupils had a 45-minute lunch break

This schedule was so successful that the school continued with it even after building works had finished.

Impact of staggering the school day

Gerry and Alan Bate, the assistant headteacher for teaching and learning, said the school saw the following changes:

Parents also appreciate the staggered school day, particularly those who also have children in primary school. This schedule makes it