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School Day Changed At Barnsley School

Thursday September 4 2014

Kirk Balk Kirk Balk

THE structure of a Barnsley school's day is being altered - because evidence shows students are 'more productive' in the morning.

A 20-minute 'brunch' break at 11am followed by a 30-minute lunch break from 1.25pm have been implemented at Kirk Balk Community College in Hoyland.

Start and finish times remain the same, with the school now serving hot and cold meals at both breaks, with cooked breakfasts available at the first break.

What do you think? Is it a good idea? Have your say below. 

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Reply Posted by laughalot on Thursday September 4 2014 at 16:06
I think it sounds better. They get 2 good breaks where they can have hot food if its wanted. Its win win! although i'm sure there will be the usual "my little precious darlings" brigade out in force thinking of something to complain about.

Reply Posted by old kirk balker on Thursday September 4 2014 at 16:11
i think it is a **** idea. Not all the kids will have enough time to get some food with everyone in that school plus with slow staff. School was so much better 2 years ago when i was there. My brother goes to that school now and the new headteacher is horrible 'Laughtalot' thinks its a good idea but its not. If the kids don't take a pack lunch they will get no food at all!

Reply Posted by laughalot on Thursday September 4 2014 at 16:18
Your thinking like every single child in the school is going to want hot food at the same time though. Being realistic they really are not. Most likely some will have food in the morning and won't fancy something in the afternoon break and others may not want something early and instead will fancy it in the afternoon. You don't know how it will work until its tried. Maybe it won't work and will have to be changed but trying it it not going to harm them.

Reply Posted by meme on Thursday September 4 2014 at 16:29
My child goes to this school and quite honestly it's s nightmare.
1hour detentions if your late (even by a few minutes)
Only right in black ink..
Long socks not allowed..

Its bordering stupid

Reply Posted by kim on Thursday September 4 2014 at 16:34
its not bordering stupid, it is called rules which sadly kids and most parents don't like, A place to learn NOT a play group

Reply Posted by laughalot on Thursday September 4 2014 at 16:45
There's a lot more rules when they are in the real world. Its a telling off or sending home for the day at school for not following rules, its sack in the real world! If rules are black leather shoes instead of trainers, trousers instead of leggings or even black ink instead of blue these rules are there to learn kids respect and prepare them for the real world. What chance do they have if even the parents don't want to follow them. If u have to wear full uniform or follow similar rules in a real job and decide u can't be bothered then your signing on instead!

Reply Posted by Anon on Thursday September 4 2014 at 16:46
Totally agree Kim and laughalot!

Reply Posted by jan on Thursday September 4 2014 at 16:54
I agree laughalot,... kids think its some kind of fashion parade when they go to school.... short skirts, leggings, bout time schools went back to how it used to be, where morals where learnt

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday September 4 2014 at 18:00
Schools and parents don't seem to get kids ready for the real world these days. Discipline is the key to life. Think about it. Getting out of bed on time, personal hygeine, speaking to elders properly, not smoking/gambling taking any drugs the list goes on. If you want the best out of life,some rules have to be followed. Dinner times used to be one sitting,everyone had the same nutritional food and they sat as if they were in a restaraunt. Look at it now, crap food,fat kids,some can't use a knife and fork, its ridiculous. You could not,no matter what,leave the school premises unless you went home for dinner. It was also instilled on us that whilst wearing the school uniform you were to conduct yourself properly and be a credit to the school badge. As kids we swore,but it was done within our group and definatly out of ear
shot of adults. I'm not going back too far either. If schools tried any if this now the
parents would be up there playing hell swearing and ranting. It was better then,and we all know it.

Reply Posted by ere on Thursday September 4 2014 at 18:19
Anon@ bet you were the star pupil at school..not

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday September 4 2014 at 18:23
No @ere I wasn't, but I towed the line, hated some of it, but I've done well thanks.

Reply Posted by worsbrough on Thursday September 4 2014 at 18:23
School is stupid you go to school to work but yet they give you homework why home time is your time not work time its a waste of time school 4 hours a day is long enough

Reply Posted by jj on Thursday September 4 2014 at 18:36
Your post @worsborough says otherwise. 1/10.for effort.

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday September 4 2014 at 18:32
You have to realise @worsborough that jobs are getting scarcer by the month. Look at supermarkets, self serve, till operated jobs lost. There are lots of examples. If feel for kids,but they need to realise that soon only a few will shine bright enough to achieve full time employment. Benefits are shrinking because there is less income tax etc being paid in due to fewer jobs. Only exceptional kids will be employed,so every kid needs to do their best. Education is everything.

Reply Posted by Elsecar on Thursday September 4 2014 at 19:10
Reading these comments I can understand why we have so many problem children, because so many parents are uneducated doleys and still want pupils to act like nursery kids rather than young adults preparing themselves for the real world - work. 4 hours of school per day? They'll get a nasty shock when they're expected to work 9 hour days with just 30 minute break. That, or end up on the dole.
Back to the article - Think the brunch idea is great.

Reply Posted by Brian on Thursday September 4 2014 at 19:40
If children are more receptive to learning in the morning why take a break at 11.00am? Surely they should start at 8.00am and work until noon and then have a break for one hour. This will enable all the children to be appropriately fed and watered. Lessons resuming at 1.00pm and working through to around 3.30pm

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Thursday September 4 2014 at 21:41
The way the class sizes are and are going to be, the school day will be divided into two learning classes the morning ,then the afternoon session.

Reply Posted by jj on Thursday September 4 2014 at 21:45
God help the teachers,but yes, you could be right in some areas of the country.

Reply Posted by jill on Friday September 5 2014 at 10:58
U av to remember tho they r still children !!! Not members of a concentration camp they grow up so fast anyway an a don't think high school help at all I work an my job in care as never been as bad as school is ever !! They are more bothered about apperance tha there learning an I agree the new break\dinner times r not enough some kids r goin hungry its a farce whatp with the tradition of kids allowed to be kids if the work is still gettin done an also why not let teachers practice what they preach an do same as kids like wear uniforms ect !!

Reply Posted by murk on Friday September 5 2014 at 14:36
High school doesn't help?
Perhaps if you'd put a bit of effort in at high school your comment would read like it was written by an adult not a primary school child.

Reply Posted by meme on Friday September 5 2014 at 12:05
Jill@ in agreement with your comment.
They want the to learn about rules and times, but you see some teachers wearing short skirts, proper high heels, make up, long earrings, jeans no ties with shirts.

Reply Posted by miss fritton on Friday September 5 2014 at 16:50
You've been watching St Trinian's on the telly .

Reply Posted by Doris on Friday September 5 2014 at 18:16
Most of the above comments suggest they have been posted by people who have not done well in Engish!! Lack of capital letters, full stops, ect. Perhaps they are the ones that these new ways of teaching would have helped???!!' By the way I left school in 1956! 9am start, 1hour for lunch. 1pm until 4 pm! Best days of our lives. We are the ones that have given you a better way of life now, if you only knew it!!!

Reply Posted by Doris on Friday September 5 2014 at 19:24
Bully for you! Must have time on your hands then? Go to night school and brush up on your English? Just a suggestion! What do you make? Clothes pegs??

Reply Posted by anon on Friday September 5 2014 at 21:20
Pity you didn't learn a few manners isn't it @Doris? You are though exceptional at sarcasm.

Reply Posted by :::: on Friday September 5 2014 at 22:01
Engish, ha ha.

Reply Posted by ... on Saturday September 6 2014 at 08:22
When I attended this school there was just enough time for people to get there dinner with a 50 minute lunch break, we also had 15 minutes for our first break. People forget that there are over 1,000 people going to this school, there are also only 4 small places to buy food, they each sell different things. There is a huge lack regarding sufficient space for dining, as there are only a couple of hundred places to sit, and a lot of people (particularly ones with a plated meal) had to wait for a seat to become available. People who live nearby and wish to go home for dinner are now unable to do that. I am not disputing the fact that changing the times may benefit the pupils, and it is fair to try, however cutting the break times is not fair given the dining situation.

Reply Posted by Phil D on Saturday September 6 2014 at 15:06
meme - maybe you should have gone to school more as you'd know the word is 'write' not right!

Reply Posted by Valerie on Sunday September 7 2014 at 01:24
I left school in 2007 and fully believe the school place, particularly in secondary schools plays a huge part in getting you ready for either further education / full time employment. You are doing your children no favours by encouraging them to moan about school rules such as using black ink and wearing correct uniform and learning to conduct yourself in a professional manner - all of which is expected of you once you have left school.

Reply Posted by ANON on Tuesday September 9 2014 at 18:16
I left Kirk Balk in 2012, and it never did me any harm in conforming with the rules, made me grow up knowing you cant have what you want all the time, I learnt that from a young age and it hasn't damaged me, Im off to uni this week and I praise all the staff at that school, if you're willing to respect the rules, then they will be no barrier in the learning in the first place. People need regulations or the world would go to ****, so stop having a hissy fit having to buy your child a new pair of shoes because he cant wear the 90 quid trainers you bought him, get your bratty kids under control and follow what they are asking in the first place, because your just shooting yourselves in the foot. Also the food thing might be a little tight for kids to get food, but one simple thing to that, make your child a packed lunch, I can tell you now 90% of them spend half their dinner money on crap and sweets on the way to school anyway.

Reply Posted by charlie on Tuesday September 9 2014 at 18:42
On the subject of teaching English, could people please learn that the word is'have' not 'of'. I see so many posts with 'could of' 'should of' 'would of' etc instead of 'could have' etc.

Reply Posted by noname on Tuesday September 9 2014 at 20:27
The new timetable doesn't work whatsoever, many of the children would like a snack at break time, although by the time they have reached the front of the que they have less than 5 minutes to eat and get to their next lesson. There is only a few counters that serve food imagine if even 10 percent of the school wanted something to eat that's still about 120 people queing up for food its a lot of people to get through . they also have to be at lessons early so in reality these breaks arnt these set times giving a round about break time around 10 to 15 minutes and dinner between 20 and 25 minutes. Realistically this isn't enough time to get out of lesson que up for food eat, get their equipment from their lockers, go to the toilet and get to their lesson lined up outside the classroom until they are allowed to enter. My brother, goes to this school and has had to start taking a pack lunch as he was coming home hungry most days he even got a telling off for using an upstairs toilet as the downstairs ones were all full. I understand children have to follow rules as I work in a secondary school but in my opinions some of the rules are absolutely ridiculous.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Tuesday September 16 2014 at 09:21
@ charlie On the subject of teaching English, could people please learn that the word is'have' not 'of'. I see so many posts with 'could of' 'should of' 'would of' etc instead of 'could have' etc.

Don't be daft love. This is WAB. Home of the illiterate.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Tuesday September 16 2014 at 09:32
Forget to mention, that's why I use WAB, I AM A DUMB BLONDE

ipso Regulated