More changes announced at Winterbourne Academy

May 31 2018

More changes announced at Winterbourne Academy

A new school day is to be introduced at Winterbourne Academy as Olympus Academy Trust, which recently took over running the school, continues to make changes.
It’s just announced that the school day will start 15 minutes earlier, with registration at 8.30am.  The changes, made after a consultation with parents, also include a shorter lunch break, which will now be 35 minutes instead of 45, with enrichment activities moved to the end of the day.
The changes also mean that school ends 30 minutes earlier at 2:40 p.m.
Dave Baker, Chief Executive Officer of Olympus Academy Trust told the parents in a letter: “The effect of starting the school day earlier and shortening the lunch break is that all students are able to have lunch earlier – this addresses a concern voiced in some survey responses about lunch being too late. A number of respondents referenced views about teenagers needing a later start to the day, rather than an earlier one. However, in our experience, the morning session is focused and productive.”
The school is also bringing in a new uniform, with new skirts and ties being introduced.
More staff changes have been announced, with deputy principal Robin Taylor leaving the school after nine years in Winterbourne.  Dave Baker told parents Mr Taylor “has taken the decision to leave his post as Deputy Principal at Winterbourne Academy at the end of this academic year, in order to take a short career break and to explore new opportunities.”
Simon Scarborough will also leave at the end of the academic year after 2 years as Assistant Principal and SENCo at Winterbourne Academy. He will take up a new post at a school in Somerset.
Jason Beardmore has been spending time with the school each week in preparation for taking on the role of headteacher in September. He has been involved in a number of key activities, including the appointment of teaching staff for next year.