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Great Yarmouth head considers a longer school week

16/07/2012 Joanna
The head of a school in Great Yarmouth wants children aged nine to eleven to stay in school until 18.00 BST.

The head of a primary school in Great Yarmouth wants to extend the length of the week to 45 hours for the top two years in order to boost standards.

While the move would have a significant impact on professionals in primary teacher positions at the school, it is hoped that keeping children in class for longer will lead to improved academic performance.

Bill Holledge, head of Greenacre Primary School, said that ideally pupils aged nine to 11 should finish school at 18.00 BST.

According to the Eastern Daily Press, the establishment has had eight different heads in as many years and is situated in a deprived part of the town.

But despite these hurdles and its reputation as a "failing" school, Mr Holledge is determined to shake things up at just 33 years of age.

As well as the changes to school hours, he also intends to oversee a move for Greenacre Primary School to become an academy.

However, the plan for a longer day has met opposition from parents who fear it will result in less family time and a teachers' union that has suggested children will become too tired to perform well, undermining the point of more class time.

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