Moorhead Primary's five-term year means shorter holiday and longer day - with poll
A DERBY primary school is set to adopt a five-term year from September 2013 following its conversion to academy status this autumn.
It is set to mean a shorter summer holiday and longer working day for staff and pupils at Moorhead Primary.
The school will go under the sponsorship of Landau Forte College in September, which already operates a five-term year and has lessons running from 8.30am to 4pm.
Existing staff at the school, which will become known as Landau Forte Academy, Moorhead, will be automatically transferred across to the college's charitable trust.
But they have been warned that there will "inevitably be some organisational change" following the transfer on September 1.
Additionally, new or promoted staff will be put directly on to Landau Forte contracts, which have different terms and conditions. Dave Wilkinson, Derby branch secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, said the academy conversion meant "nightmares have come true for staff at Moorhead Primary".
He said: "It has now become clear that Landau Forte intends to remould Moorhead Primary School in its own image.
"This will drastically alter the working lives of the teachers at the school.
"The trade unions in the city have met with representatives from Landau Forte and it was confirmed that teachers on new contracts will have to work a longer school day, except on Fridays, and plan and mark work in addition to that.
"They will also have to work an additional 20 days each year. Teachers currently work for 195 days per year, of which 190 are teaching days.
"Under the Landau Forte contract, they will have to work 215 days per year, losing four weeks of holidays."
Mr Wilkinson thinks that the main impact on both teachers and parents will be the five-term year, which was recently proposed – and thrown out – for all schools in Nottingham.
The switch had been put forward by Nottingham City Council as a way of improving attainment at schools.
But Mr Wilkinson said: said: "This will cause massive disruption for families who have children at both Moorhead and another school.
"It is reprehensible that Landau Forte makes it a condition of promotion for teachers at Moorhead to give up four weeks' holiday and accept far longer working hours."
Sally Greenbank, head teacher at Moorhead Primary in Alvaston, confirmed the academy conversion process was "well under way".
But she added that a more detailed statement on the situation would be available next week after a "report on progress" was given to parents and staff.