I've just moved from a primary to secondary role and I'm looking for some opinions on an area of concern if possible. The school (an academy) has sent out texts and emails saying that it is now compulsory for ALL Y11 pupils to stay for an hour each afternoon after school to complete additional lessons and revision sessions. In addition to this for some pupils where these sessions would clash, for example they are doing two humanities - they then would attend say History after school and geography during their lunch break. I was sat with a group of pupils yesterday and was concerned to hear some pupils therefore are in lessons from 8.30 until 4 with no break at all during the day as they also have prefect duties. Is this right? Further to this during the recent half term pupils were were expected to attend school for revision sessions each day of the holidays and in some cases there were also sessions on both of the Saturdays. These kids are burning out. Am I being a bleeding heart or is this the correct way to handle this? We all want the best for them but I feel we are killing their spirits and sending some close to emotional collapse. Thoughts and opinions would be greatly appreciated. One of the school's justifications has been that some units of work were not taught correctly or that they don't have time to teach the whole syallabus in the allocated time. Maybe it's just me, maybe the jump to a secondary workplace is too much but I am concerned with everything I'm seeing.