school half day at end of term

(110 Posts)
mumzy Fri 14-Dec-12 17:42:03

My dcs state primary always closes at 1pm at the end of each term after they have taken the afternoon register. Its a pain as I work and either have to take a half day or arrange childcare. Having spoken to a teacher friend it seems the school is giving the impression they are providing a full days education. Does anyone elses dc do this and is it legal?

I thought they all did this?

I'm pretty much used to having to arrange childcare for the last day of Xmas and summer term.

Witchety Fri 14-Dec-12 17:45:01

I think that is standard tbh

DorsetKnobwithJingleBellsOn Fri 14-Dec-12 17:45:04

Ours only do half day end of summer term.

LynetteScavo Fri 14-Dec-12 17:46:48

I would be shock if primaries did it.

DSs high school does it. He has to spend the afternoon in the school hall until the bus arrives. I wouldn't want to be the person supervising that!

bigTillyMincePie Fri 14-Dec-12 17:49:19

Ours used to do an unofficial pick your children up at 2pm till lots of working parents complained.

Secondary school finishes at the start of lunchtime on the last day, but thankfully, they can look after themselves now!

hels71 Fri 14-Dec-12 17:50:39

I have taught in 4 schools.
The only one that has finished early was the private school that finished at 11.30.
My DDs school however finishes at 2 each term....

SunflowersSmile Fri 14-Dec-12 17:52:59

Full days always here at end of term- no skiving thank goodness...

jalapeno Fri 14-Dec-12 17:54:44

Ours finishes at 2pm, it's a pain in the bum! What is the reasoning behind it?

EuphemiaInExcelsis Fri 14-Dec-12 17:56:29

We finish at noon (Primary). No idea of the reasoning, but I'm very grateful as the children are so tired already.

dishwashervodkaanddietirnbru Fri 14-Dec-12 17:56:59

Ours finishes at 2.30pm (half an hour earlier than normal) at Christmas, Easter, etc and only finishes at 1pm on the very last day of term before the summer holidays.

decktheballs Fri 14-Dec-12 17:57:07

All primaries here close at 12 on the last day before Christmas and summer

Changeforthrday Fri 14-Dec-12 18:01:04

We always finish at noon.

Pinner35 Fri 14-Dec-12 18:02:50

Our primary finishes at 1.30pm.

clam Fri 14-Dec-12 18:18:54

2pm every end of term, not half terms.

Shall I be the first to say "school is not childcare?"

mumzy Fri 14-Dec-12 18:26:53

Yes but they are registering children for the afternoon they should be providing a full afternoon of education

turkeyboots Fri 14-Dec-12 18:31:54

Our finishes 1 hour early at end of term. But the after school club and local CMs are all aware and cover it.

But school don't bother to actually tell parents til the day, last year they sent a text at 1, cue me cutting short meeting and driving cross town like a loon.

pointysettia Fri 14-Dec-12 18:52:43

This doesn't happen at any of the schools where I am, primary or secondary. For which I am truly thankful.

XBenedict Fri 14-Dec-12 18:54:21

Our old school did this. DC's current school don't but there's never any after school club on the last day of term and as their school day finishes at 2.30pm I have to make sure the afternoon is free work wise!

EndoplasmicReticulum Fri 14-Dec-12 18:59:39

My boys finish an hour earlier than usual (2.30) and there is no after school club on that day.

DorsetKnobwithJingleBellsOn Fri 14-Dec-12 19:00:44

There is no education in the afternoon but a carol service.

DD's school closes at noon on the last day of each term. They are good at flagging it up though, it says on the letter we get each September with the years dates on.

EvilTwins Fri 14-Dec-12 19:05:36

My girls' school finishes at 2, but after school club is open as usual.

The school I teach at finishes at 1 which is rather convenient.

BackforGood Fri 14-Dec-12 19:05:39

I've never come across it in Primary (either as a parent or teacher over several different schools) but it's quite common in secondary. that seems a 'fiddle' to me, but at least at that age they get themselves home and let themselves in. They shouldn't be doing it really, as they are supposed to teach the children on 190 days of the year. OK, we expect some relaxed 'toy day' or video watching, but they should at least be on the premises.

bruffin Fri 14-Dec-12 19:07:45

Both dcs primary and secondary finished early at end of term.

Startail Fri 14-Dec-12 19:08:31

Primary finishes after final assembly, total pain because you really have to sit through the thing or stand about freezing because it can be any time from 2.45 to 3.05

High school run their buses at 1pm.

Both do this summer and Christmas.

2kidsintow Fri 14-Dec-12 19:09:14

This doesn't happen in any of the primaries local to me, or any of the primaries I've worked in.
It doesn't happen in my dd's secondary.

If you don't like it, I'd complain to the the governors and the local education department.

IsaXMASbelleRinging Fri 14-Dec-12 19:12:09

Our school doesn't do this!

SetPhasersTaeMalkie Fri 14-Dec-12 19:14:36

12 noon here for primary and secondary schools but only at Christmas and summer.
The children are marked in as being in for a full day but I cannot bring myself to care. DS is completed exhausted.

almapudden Fri 14-Dec-12 19:18:31

The school I work in closes at 1 on the last day of term.

mumzy Fri 14-Dec-12 19:20:57

We get the term times at the start of each academic year in September and it states clearly that school finishes at 3.30pm at the end of eac term. We are then told in a newsletter a few weeks before the end of each term to pick up our dcs at 1.30pm on the last day of term. I think they should be up front and make the last day of term an inset day rather than have a sneaky half day. Will discuss it with the governors next week

wigornian Fri 14-Dec-12 19:29:34

DS's private school finish at 3:40 as usual, but, no after-school care. smile

SleighbellsRingInYourLife Fri 14-Dec-12 19:35:15

DD1's primary finishes at 12.15 on the 21st.

It says it clearly on the calendar, so no skiving.

I'm glad of it. We are going to head to my parents straight after I pick her up. DH is taking a half day.

TalkinPeace2 Fri 14-Dec-12 19:35:30

12.30 for us - and non uniform so I'm not expecting them home (on the public bus) till at least 2pm!

if you have a problem greeting your kids from school at the end of term, I'm afraid you need to REALLY re-evaluate your priorities.

orangeandlemons Fri 14-Dec-12 19:45:31

They finish early to let the teachers sort out everything and clear up ready for the next term.

It is sanctioned by the LEA which is why they have to have a register mark. Very very little is allowed so it must be acceptable.

mumzy Fri 14-Dec-12 19:54:59

As Ive stated upthread I work so I book everything including work commitments into my diary for at the start of every term. If the school states at the beginning of the academic year it closes at 3.30pm each term I assume the children will be kept on the premises untiil that time. Nothing to do with not wanting to be with dcs but just expecting the school to honour their commitments as I do mine.

EcoLady Fri 14-Dec-12 21:54:36

Early finishes are a PITA for working parents but the children are not doing any work that day, so why not be upfront about it?

Our primary ends normal time after a day of games. DS will got to afterschool club as normal.

Our secondary has 'charities morning' then finishes after lunch.

BackforGood Fri 14-Dec-12 22:26:56

Really talkin ? Working parents know that there are 190 days a year the children will be at school. They make the arrangements they need to for the holidays and training days. Not everybody is a SAHP, or has Grandparents round the corner to step in. As a teacher, I subscribe to the regular MN reminder that "school is not there for childcare", but, they have to realise that they can't take these extra half days. All school closures (except emercency floods / boiler breakdowns etc) have to be counted as one of the 5 days the school staff are at work but the children aren't.

Hulababy Fri 14-Dec-12 22:29:41

DD's school (primary, independent) does it at Christmas, Easter and Summer but thy finish at 12.

The infant school I work at always does a full day at end of term.

difficultpickle Fri 14-Dec-12 22:32:46

Ds's school finished for Christmas today at 10.30am. They only had to go to school for morning assembly which was actually just a carol service with a couple of readings and a bit of singing.

TheSecondComing Fri 14-Dec-12 22:36:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

IwishyouaMerryChristmas Fri 14-Dec-12 22:37:11

I've never heard of this!

Wouldn't matter either way to me as long as I had some notice.

5madthings Fri 14-Dec-12 22:39:12

None of the primary schools here do that. I have never heard of it. Ds2's high school finishes ar 2pm but thats not a problem.he just gets a bus home.

Tinuviel Fri 14-Dec-12 22:46:19

The secondary I work at does this at Christmas and summer but there is a letter that goes home to parents saying that if they need their DCs supervising we are happy to keep them till 3.20. How many of the letters get home, I really wouldn't like to say! We have only once kept someone back and he had been a pain in the neck all term, so his mum asked us to supervise him to show that she fully supported the school and that she wasn't happy with his behaviour either! He looked very glum sat outside an SLT office.

Pooka Fri 14-Dec-12 22:46:56

We always finish an hour early at the end of autumn, Easter and summer terms. Normal time before half term though.

It's made clear at the beginning of term, and also practically twice a week in the last 5 weeks of term in newsletters and parent mails.

Tinuviel Fri 14-Dec-12 22:47:08

Oh, and we don't get to leave early - there is always a staff meeting and then clearing up.

storynanny Fri 14-Dec-12 23:19:40

It's all to do with hours teaching over the year. Usually more hours are taught over a whole school year than the required minimum therefore schools can legally adjust a day here or there without children dipping out of their time in the classroom

DeWe Sat 15-Dec-12 19:21:43

Ours (infant and separate juniors) soemtimes do it. I like it, but every time they do it they get lots of complaints from working parents. It's nice for them to come out a little early usually about an hour and a half early, makes a nice end of term.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 15-Dec-12 19:28:50

We finish at normal time and late care also provided as usual. We do get long holidays though and broke up last week.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 15-Dec-12 19:31:10

Actually think last year it was lunchtime finish before christmas but were so many complaints that they didn't do it this year. They've also stopped the umm suggestions about taking children home after nativity/sports day at lunchtime too.

mummytime Sun 16-Dec-12 05:52:59

DCs at State schools, Seniors finish at 1pm, Infants 1:30, Juniors 1:45. Time difference for Infants and Juniors is to allow parents to go from one site to the other. The same is true for all schools around here, unless the last day of term is an INSET day.

SunflowersSmile Sun 16-Dec-12 07:06:21

We are lucky then- normal time and After School Club as usual...as it should be in my opinion.

exoticfruits Sun 16-Dec-12 07:11:13

At primary they finished an hour early and at secondary they finished at lunchtime. Schools are not childcare.

BooksandaCuppa Sun 16-Dec-12 08:53:23

I recall we had early finishes when I was at school but none of the local schools do that now.

I agree it's not a problem as long as you know in advance, but surely, as mentioned upthread, schools shouldn't be taking a register then immediately discharging the pupils as that's claiming they're educating them when they're not?!? (2.30pm finish would be one thing - 1pm is most definitely a bit of a cheat!)

SunflowersSmile Sun 16-Dec-12 08:58:20

Hate the child care argument that comes out on these threads.
Fair enough if child is sick/ school flooded/ no heating etc - but Christmas is no excuse to send children home early. A school day that a working parent should expect to stay as one.

EuphemiaInExcelsis Sun 16-Dec-12 09:05:49

I'm a teacher, I need to organise child care on that last day too!

SunflowersSmile Sun 16-Dec-12 09:10:59

So I guess you understand frustration of half days Euphemia!
A pain for all....

ByTheWay1 Sun 16-Dec-12 09:16:27

our primary closes end of day as normal before every holiday, our secondary (along with most in our area) closes at 2 - straight after afternoon registration - a bit of a cheek really.... but they arrange for the school buses to come early too.. and at 12 dd can be left home alone for 40 min til I've picked up her sister.

If you want to pick up your child before lunch however, it counts as an unauthorised absence!! They have to stay for lunch, then get their name ticked before they can go!!

ohfunnyface Sun 16-Dec-12 09:17:48

Never heard of it in primary.

We use it in secondary for whole staff meetings/admin/last minute issues that need to be sorted before the holidays.

They miss one lesson, so not a half day, and the buses collect them early so no waiting around.

yousankmybattleship Sun 16-Dec-12 09:19:17

All the schools in my area close at 1.45pm. I like it!

EuphemiaInExcelsis Sun 16-Dec-12 09:20:24

In Edinburgh and the Lothians, school finishes at lunchtime every Friday! I suppose if it's regular, making childcare arrangements is easier.

SanityClause Sun 16-Dec-12 09:30:14

The HT at my DD's school changed to this from full days when she started a few years ago. It was, and remains, deeply unpopular but she refuses to discuss it. I suppose in a few years time, everyone will have become used to it.

We were given the option in the junior school, where lunches are paid for termly, to have our DDs stay for lunch, or pick them up before lunch. Of course, everyone chose to have the lunch that had been paid for, and the extra hour before having to pick up!

The reason given was that parents like to get off early on holiday. But apparently, we don't like to get off early on holiday at half term, as there is a full day of school before the half term holidays. confused

TheOriginalLadyFT Sun 16-Dec-12 09:30:17

DS's prep school always finishes at 12.30 at the end of term - its clearly flagged in the term dates calendar. Not a prob as I work from home, but remember the days when I didn't and was more of a problem, especially when we had moved away from GPs who had previously helped in these situations

Would say it was a bit unreasonable for schools to only let parents know last minute

IwishyouaMerryChristmas Sun 16-Dec-12 10:36:09

Schools are no childcare I agree, but working parents need notice of changed from the norm.

As a parent who works in the community, I would have no problem with an arrangement like this if we were told at the start of that half term.

Last minute changes will always result in difficulties for working parents and schools should be able to recognise this, planning ahead and communicating accordingly.

exoticfruits Sun 16-Dec-12 11:12:46

I don't think there is lack of notice- it happens every end of term for as long as I can remember.

Ronaldo Sun 16-Dec-12 12:39:15

It just seems to me much of this thread is an " I want free childcare and I work so I dont want my DC off schoiol early" Or maybe you dont want them off at all?

They are not gaining anything from a last afternoon at school. In my school we spent the last three days clearing up, tidying, final assembly, Cathedral carol service and Christmas Faye and school concert ( not in that order). No lessons. The pupils wont concentrate anyway as they are tired.

Personally I want some time with my family so I like the klunchtime finish on last day of term. In my school mostof the pupils have gone anyway by last day (usually a couple of days before).

It means I can get away too and see my family. For those pupils whose DP cannot or will not collect them, there is always the houseparent. But maybe for them Chrostmas at school beats Christmas with parents who dont want them or cannot find time to want them - at least thats what it seems like reading this.

fivecandles Sun 16-Dec-12 15:53:14

'if you have a problem greeting your kids from school at the end of term, I'm afraid you need to REALLY re-evaluate your priorities.'

What an extraordinary thing to say. Perhaps your priority at that particular moment is keeping your job so that you can support your kids, or performing life saving heart surgery or even teaching other people's kids. None of which would make you any less good a parent than the ones who are able to be at the school gate at 12. Sheesh!

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 16-Dec-12 16:02:06

Ours is 1:30, but makes it clear inthe list of term dates at the start of the year. It does seem rubbish, OP, if your school is changing it with sh

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 16-Dec-12 16:02:18

...short notice.

mumzy Sun 16-Dec-12 16:28:17

It may be ok for those parents who have flexible working arrangements or relatives nearby who can do early pick ups or if their dc are secondary school age and self sufficient but in order to accommodate the schools half day I have to either cancel a clinic for which there is a long waiting list or arrange child care which because it's a one off will be difficult to find and ,no doubt, expensive.
My issue is the school gave me the academic term dates in September which stated they closed at 3.30 pm on the last day of each term then a few weeks ago in their newsletter they included a 'reminder' for parents to collect dcs at 1.30pm on the last day. The school has not been upfront and it smacks of them taking a sneaky half day.

olguis Mon 17-Dec-12 17:46:30

our school finishes at 12. but if your child don't show up for those 2,5 morning hours during which they watch cartoons, you're made nearly a criminal (unauthorised absense!!!!!)

EuphemiaInExcelsis Mon 17-Dec-12 17:50:39

My class won't be watching telly - I'm going to do a handwriting lesson. smile

<evil Mrs Grinch mwah hah hah>

SunflowersSmile Mon 17-Dec-12 18:31:44

Ronaldo- what a shortsighted and rather nasty post. As others have said parents do work and as far as I know the last day of term is a school day- even with play and cartoons or whatever....

mrz Mon 17-Dec-12 19:22:08

I've never taught in a school that finishes at lunchtime and my class will be working on Friday

SetPhasersTaeMalkie Mon 17-Dec-12 19:23:38

We are going to church on Friday.

Ronaldo Mon 17-Dec-12 19:40:45

I find it nasty and dispicable that some parents ( working or not) consider school no more than a free baby sitting service at their command.

My school finished lastweek. Most of the pupils had left before the final day and it is normal practice for us to finish at 12:30 on the final day.

mrz Mon 17-Dec-12 19:42:53

fortunately in state education children are expected to access 195 full days education Jabed

SunflowersSmile Mon 17-Dec-12 19:56:27

Clearly your school Ronaldo is happy for attendance to be low in last week of school term; ours certainly is not....

Hulababy Mon 17-Dec-12 20:10:42

So long as plenty of notice then I guess people just need to work around it, like they do holidays, INSET, assemblies, etc.

However I have never known a state primary to finish early tbh.

However, I can safely say that this week we are doing much less work than we normally do due to watching other classes plays, Christmas parties, visit from Father Christmas, etc. We will be doing very little real work on Friday - it is dedicated to having fun smile The children are having a whole school assembly in the afternoon, it's also toy day and a reward for meeting their end of term target too.

I see no problem with the odd fun day at school. DD goes to an independent prep school and they had big changes to their timetable in the final two weeks before the finished on Friday. Lots of fun activities - some still educational and some simply for fun, such as the whole school trip to the cinema to watch a Christmas film. They sill get very high results, so ime there is also a place for fun days too, esp when they are still little.

Ronaldo Mon 17-Dec-12 20:16:06

fortunately in state education children are expected to access 195 full days education Jabed
Unfortunately mrz , they appear to need to , possibly because despite all that extra classroom time there is less actually achieved in class because of the other issues?

Ronaldo Mon 17-Dec-12 20:17:03

Sunflower,I workl in an independent . Attendence isnt such a big issue. Pupils have to leave to catch flights.

mrz Mon 17-Dec-12 20:36:30

Well much more has been achieved than for the children you write off before lunch jabed

pinkteddy Mon 17-Dec-12 20:39:49

dd's state primary always finishes early on last day of term before a main holiday. Not before half terms though.

Ronaldo Mon 17-Dec-12 20:42:53

Well much more has been achieved than for the children you write off before lunch jabed

I disagree.I think the school achieved a great deal very quickly . We established that the young man was not going to have his needs met in our strict environment ( despite his and his parents desirtes). We did notwastethe families money "trying" when we knew it would not work. Hopefully he was able to move to another school more suited to him and where his needs could be met.

All in all a good result achieved quickly, efficiently and effectively.

mrz Mon 17-Dec-12 20:51:45

Not for the boy who was "removed"

Ronaldo Mon 17-Dec-12 21:06:57

Not for the boy who was "removed"

Why not? he was enabled to go to another school quickly and with minimum disruption to his education.I think thats a result.

"I find it nasty and dispicable that some parents ( working or not) consider school no more than a free baby sitting service at their command."

hmm

I've yet to meet a parent that expects a school to take their children for the evening while they go out for a pizza, or at weekends while they go off child-free to a festival. But is it too much to expect that on a school day your children are in school? And yes, it is fine and normal for parents to have a life (work, even) that doesn't revolve around being available during school hours.

mrz Mon 17-Dec-12 21:13:48

So you know there was a happy outcome for the boy jabed, or did you just gloat as you washed your hands of him before lunch

Ronaldo Mon 17-Dec-12 21:20:18

But I suppose NotGood, its OK forteacherslike myself to have to be on call 24/7/365 ( and 366 in a leap year)?.

I am on holiday. , its four in the afternoon and I am here answering e mails from my students who are all sending me work or asking for notes or help with their studies. This despite the fact holidays started last week. They are home and I am home. But school has not stopped . I have not stopped.

I bet if your DC was one of those writing to me now and I answered ( I am on holiday" you would have another complaint about my lack of committment.

We may finish school, many of us do not stop teaching.

Ronaldo Mon 17-Dec-12 21:21:22

actually mrz, I didnt teach him at all so I wish you would stop addressing this personally. However, I do think it was a good result for him, not us.

Ronaldo Mon 17-Dec-12 21:22:25

Btw notgood, Iwork in an independent and many parents do expect us to take careof their offspring whilst they have a life and go for apizza ( its called flexi boarding).

mumzy Mon 17-Dec-12 21:22:39

I think schools need to be careful that they are not practising double standards. It is frowned upon to take dcs out of school for 1/2 day for quick getaway at half term but ok for staff to have 1/2 day at the end of term.

4boyzmum Mon 17-Dec-12 21:24:01

DS1 finishes at 1.30 on thurs, DS2 finishes at 2.30 on Fri. Its how its always been. Thinking back to my schooldays and I remember always finishing early at the end of term too. Loved it when i was at school, it's annoying now!!

Ronaldo Mon 17-Dec-12 21:24:45

I think schools need to be careful that they are not practising double standards. It is frowned upon to take dcs out of school for 1/2 day for quick getaway at half term but ok for staff to have 1/2 day at the end of term

I think you have a point mumzy but as my school does notfrown on parents taking their DC out atany time , I cant see how we can be criticised for closing the gates early on last day.

Festivedidi Mon 17-Dec-12 21:37:40

Dd1 has been to 3 different primary schools. Only one of them has ever closed early for Christmas. They closed at 2pm, I booked after school club for that day, same as normal, only to be told the week before the day that after school club didn't start until normal 3:15pm, and there was no childcare to be found by then. I can't take time off as a teacher at a school that never closes early, so ended up begging a friend and getting into an argument with after school club about making sure that they flag up a problem with school closing time and their opening time (given that it was on the same site as school and in communication daily with them), parents who are relying on childcare can't really sort out an hour in the middle of the day very easily.

Thank goodness dd1 is now at secondary and she will be fine going Christmas shopping on Thursday afternoon.

"But I suppose NotGood, its OK forteacherslike myself to have to be on call 24/7/365 ( and 366 in a leap year)?."

What on earth makes you think this is my opinion?

alemci Mon 17-Dec-12 21:54:17

DC's primary school was always 2.15 and secondary school is lunchtime. I think they have all had enough by Friday 21st.

I agree it must be tough if you need childcare.

tiggytape Tue 18-Dec-12 16:04:28

We are limping towards the end of the week DD and DS both finish early on Friday (primary school and secondary school although secondary finishes earliest).

I'd rather they just had the whole day off, not for childcare reasons, but because they are all worn out and need to break up sooner rather than later. The whole term has just been too long. They're all run down and pupils at both schools are coming down with all the bronchitus / norovirus bugs doing the rounds. Everyone's had enough - me included and want the holidays to start.

LittenTree Wed 19-Dec-12 10:33:37

Well, as long as none of you who think those of us who find that half day lark at the end of summer and Xmas a child-care pain, who evidently believe we regard our child's education as being no more than free babysitting- don't complain that their CT or MRI scan is then postponed as there are simple too few staff left, who haven't had to take the afternoon off to meet their DC, to provide the service.

It cuts both ways.

amck5700 Wed 19-Dec-12 10:40:30

Ours always finish after lunch at primary at the end of Summer and at Christmas - though in practise the kids all seem to have a "home" lunch that day so effectively clear out at 12.30 - sometime leaving my boys as the only ones in school. I usually finish at 3pm anyway so have either managed to negotiate an early finish, persuaded a neighbour to have them or taken time off. This is the firts year we've had High School and they are finishing at 1 and there is no transport my son can use so I'll have to go and collect him as well as get home for my youngest.

SunflowersSmile Wed 19-Dec-12 10:54:08

I think our school who make a huge deal about attendance [because they need to] would not entertain doing half day off at end of term.
It would be a bad example.

CaurnieBred Wed 19-Dec-12 12:19:36

Both the schools DD has attended (infant and junior) finish early at the end of all three terms - 2.05 for the current school and 2.10 for the infant school.

I like it as it is early as a treat, but not too early.

However, I have no qualms in removing DD at 2pm on a Friday if we need to go anywhere for a weekend. That way she will have been marked as present on the register and is only missing "golden time".

It works both ways.

cory Thu 20-Dec-12 08:15:11

I never had a problem with our end of term half days but that is because schools notify parents at the start of term.

Bunbaker Thu 20-Dec-12 08:24:10

"I thought they all did this?"

Not in our LEA. DD has never had a half day on the last day of any term in primary school. Her high school doesn't do half day last day of term either.

Lfs2126 Thu 20-Dec-12 09:06:22

Ds school kicks out at 11.30 for chrimbo. One 1/2 day in 14 weeks of toilwink, it's not asking the earth is it?

SunflowersSmile Thu 20-Dec-12 21:24:39

Bloody hell Lfs126- not much point going to school for an 11.30pm finish. Also, I think it is too much to ask....

SunflowersSmile Thu 20-Dec-12 21:25:11

Err 11.30am finish I mean....

difficultpickle Thu 20-Dec-12 21:25:57

11.30pm is a late finish grin.

Our finished at 10.30am last week which seemed daft.

MissDuke Sun 30-Dec-12 10:40:27

It is totally different where I am, we don't have OFSTED so attendance isn't so tightly monitored - I have never even heard of 'afternoon registration' before reading this thread!

Here, we have loads of half days. Last day of term is always a 12pm finish, and usually last day before half term also. We also have a week of 12pm finishes twice a year to accomodate parent/teacher interviews, as these are in the afternoon. There are other random half days crop up here and there, such as before the carol service. We can take the child home after the end of the nativity and sports day also!

We are used to this, so parents know they are coming, so I have never heard anyone complain about it to be honest.

Also our school day is shorter, usually 5 hours for the first 3 years, then 6 hours. So it is all very different here! We also get much longer in the summer 8-9 weeks!

IvySquirrel Sun 30-Dec-12 19:37:35

I am actually amazed that anyone does full days on the last day of term. All schools in my area finish early on the last day. DS1 (private) finished at 12 before this holiday, and DS2 (state) at 1.45pm.
As it is always like this, it is no problem to plan for it!

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