20 November 2019

We propose that from 6 January 2020, following the Christmas break, school will finish at 3.10pm rather than 3.20pm.

To accommodate this change, break and/or lunch will be shortened by 10 minutes. There will be no change to the beginning of the day, timings of lessons or any other aspect of the day.

The need for change comes via our consultation with the Headteacher and Governors at Penwortham County Primary School (PCP) and our shared desire to alleviate the parking and traffic congestion at the top of Crow Hills Road at the end of the school day.

Finishing at 3.10pm rather than 3.20pm will improve the health and safety situation for pupils at both schools, with our school buses and most vehicles being clear from Crow Hills Road before the parents of PCP arrive to pick up their sons and daughters.

Whilst this will have little impact on pupils walking home from school, riding a bike home or catching a school bus, we realise that this may be an inconvenience to some who pick pupils up from school at the end of the school day; however, we believe all will benefit from an improved situation with regards to parking, congestion and the safety of our pupils.

Any pupils who may need to stay in school until 3.20pm can continue to do so by going to our Learning Centre which will be open for them.

If you would like to share your views regarding this proposal, please do so by 12pm on Thursday, 5 December via the following email address:


We will then consider the views and inform all stakeholders of the outcome before we break for the Christmas holiday.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.