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Schools plan to close at lunchtime on Fridays axed.

Schools plan to close at lunchtime on Fridays axed.

A school's proposals to adopt a four-and-a-half day week to prevent staff "burning out" have been scrapped.

Head teacher Jacqui Johnson had suggested closing Ashby Fields Primary in Daventry after lunch on a Friday.

A consultation had been due to run until Friday but a statement from the school said it has "decided not to pursue the proposals".

One parent, Katrina McGregor, said she was "very relieved" the "ludicrous" plan had been dropped.

In a letter to parents, Ms Johnson had said a "huge workload" meant teachers work an average of 60 hours a week during term time and holidays "to keep up".

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