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Alarm clocks to replace phones.

Alarm clocks to replace phones.

Girls at a £20,000-a-year school have been handed alarm clocks to wake them up in the morning so that parents can ban mobile phones from their daughters’ bedrooms.

Over 700 pupils at Lady Eleanor Holles (LEH), a private girls’ school in west London, were given alarm clocks by their headmistress Heather Hanbury.

Writing in a blog on the school’s website, Ms Hanbury explained that it is vital that teenagers have around nine hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. 

But this is impossible when girls are constantly checking their social media accounts throughout the evening, she said. 

Ms Hanbury said she is aware that the most common excuse girls will use for having their mobile phone or iPad by their bedside is that they need to use its alarm function.

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