Late start will allow for sixth form in same classrooms
STAGGERED school hours are to be introduced at St Andrew's High School in Waddon when its new sixth form opens in September next year.
Sixth form pupils at the school in Warrington Road will attend classes between 11am and 5.30pm, while all remaining pupils will stick to a traditional school day.
Approval for the sixth form is due to be given by Croydon Council's cabinet on Monday. Councillor Tim Pollard, the council's cabinet member for children, families and learning, said the decision to look at a staggered day arose from the council's desire to see sixth forms introduced across borough high schools.
The plans had hit a snag because space on the site was limited and there was no money available for redevelopment.
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Introducing the different school day for sixth formers was, Cllr Pollard said, the best way of ensuring the sixth form could proceed while making the best use of existing classroom space.
Cllr Pollard added: "We could have decided to leave the school as it was but it does make it more difficult for schools to attract good teachers if they do not have a sixth form.
"We were very keen to have a sixth form at St Andrew's."
The new arrangements will also involve St Andrew's continuing to develop its partnership with Archbishop Tenison's High School.
While the two schools will have separate sixth forms, students will be able to travel between the schools to access courses, broadening the curriculum available to them.
Archbishop Tenison's will initially also operate as a mentor for St Andrew's to help it build its new sixth form's capacity and expertise.
The first 40 students will join the new St Andrew's sixth form in September next year, building up to a total of 100 students by September 2014.