Friday 31 October 2014

surrey school begins its classes at 1.30pm to facilitate teen sleeping patterns

Published 16/05/2014 | 02:30

It sounds like a grumpy teenager's dream come true. Students at a Surrey school have been told that they can stay in dreamland longer as class won't start until 1.30pm.

Teachers hope it will mean the end of pupils falling asleep during classes. They reckon that teenagers "have a biological disposition to going to bed late and struggling to get up early".

Hampton Court House in East Molesey, Surrey, believes that the change from the conventional time of 9am, with classes ending at 7pm, will be more productive and less stressful for its students.

Headmaster Guy Holloway said: "There is now more and more scientific evidence to support what many parents and teachers have known for years.

"The fact is that many teenagers do not sleep sufficiently during the week and this can have a significant impact on teenage cognition and mental and physical health."

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent
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