Consultation Regarding the Organisation of Lunchtimes
Since 2012 Foundry Lane Primary has been growing from a 2 to 3 form entry primary school.
From September 2018, we will reach our full capacity and the number of children on roll will have increased from 420 to 630.
This has had a significant impact on the organisation of lunchtimes. Originally, lunchtime was for an hour with the 420 pupils supervised in different areas of the school. In 2014 this was changed to a split lunchtime with Years R-3 having lunchtime from 12.00 - 1.00 and Years 4-6 having lunchtime from 12.30 - 1.30. This allowed more time for the children to pass through the servery with up to 400 hot lunches being served each day. The structure of the lunchtime supervisory team was also restructured to support this change.
As numbers of pupils have risen the playgrounds have reached capacity. During the overlap between 12.30 and 1.00 there are now 450 pupils that need to be supervised with up to 300 pupils on the main playgrounds at peak times.
Governors have already considered splitting lunchtime into two separate hours. The advantage of this would be the maintenance of a break of an hour for both teachers and pupils. The disadvantage of this would mean a 33% rise in the cost of staffing and would mean that Years R - 3 lunchtime would need to start at 11.30 . It would also mean that playgrounds were out of action for longer, limiting time for PE and taking the hall out of action on wet days for 2 hours. This would also impact the kitchen staff's working hours and those of our lunchtime supervisory team.
The preferred option being considered is to reduce lunchtimes to 45 minutes for each group of pupils. Years R-3 would have lunchtime from 12.00 - 12.45 and Years 4-6 from 12.45 to 1.30. This will remove the overlap period from 12.30 - 1.00 and ensure that the maximum number of pupils on the playgrounds is capped at 270. This number will be spread across at least 2 playgrounds in each case.
This change would also result in a significant increase in the amount of supervision available during lunchtimes which would enable us to provide more structured activities during lunchtime for the children to participate in. We are also working to incorporate The Daily Mile scheme which encourages physical activity and supporting children to jog or run a mile a day.
We have discussed this with the school's Governing Body and held informal consultation meetings with staff and following this, we are starting a four week formal consultation process which will run from today until Thursday 5th July.
During this period of consultation,, you are invited to submit any comments or questions regarding this consultation in writing, via email or via letter. Please send all comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the end of the consultation period, all comments and questions will be submitted to the Governors for review. This will result in either a revised proposal and further consultation period or, if agreed, the implementation of the proposed changes from September 2018.
If you would like to speak to a member of the Senior Leadership Team about these proposals, please come to the school office and we will be able to arrange this.