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26 April 2018



Dear parent/carer


Further to the previous letter I can now confirm the changes to the timings of the school day, which will come into effect when we move to the new school on Tuesday 5th June 2018.  We have tried to minimise the changes, the main one being that we now require 5 periods on a Friday morning to allow for our new curriculum structure.


The timings are now all the same Monday to Thursday and all lunchtimes are the same length, 50 minutes. The start time is unchanged at 8.30am and the end of the day Monday to Thursday is similar.  The increase to Homeroom time is to allow for development of increased pastoral support for pupils as well as tracking and monitoring of attendance and punctuality.


The timings of the periods are necessary to ensure that all periods are of equal length and, once in school, pupils operate by the bell. The timings are also broadly similar to what we currently have on a Monday.


Newbattle High School
Mon-Thurs   Fri  
HR 8.30 – 8.44 HR 8.30 – 8.40
1 8.44 – 9.32 1 8.40 – 9.28
2 9.32 – 10.20 2 9.28 – 10.16
3 10.20 – 11.08 3 10.16 – 11.04
Break 11.08 – 11.23 Break 11.04 – 11.19
4 11.23 – 12.11 4 11.19 – 12.07
5 12.11 – 12.59 5 12.07 – 12.55
Lunch 12.59 – 13.49    
6 13.49 – 14.37    
7 14.37 – 15.25    


We are committed to ensuring an engaging, relevant curriculum for our pupils at Newbattle High School and our new structure allows us to develop this alongside the exciting opportunity that the move to our new building and Digital Centre of Excellence will bring.

If there is anything you wish to discuss further then please do not hesitate to contact us.


Yours sincerely


Mhairi Hume (Depute Head)

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