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Final decision expected on school holidays

Wednesday May 4 2016

Horizon would be one of the schools affected Horizon would be one of the schools affected

A FINAL decision is expected to be made on changes to school holidays following claims many headteachers knew nothing of the plan.

The council decided in March to ditch the traditional six week summer holidays in favour of having four weeks and four days in the summer and an extra week in October, with the change coming into place in the September 2017/18 academic year.

If the changes come in - they will affect all council controlled schools in the borough. 

But Nick Bowen, principal at Horizon Community College and joint chairman of the Barnsley Schools Alliance, urged a rethink, claiming the majority of headteachers knew nothing of the plan and that it was only briefly mentioned at the end of a meeting when most school heads weren’t there.

Mr Bowen said there had been a ‘real lack of consultation’ and expressed concerns over the new holiday timetable, believing it would have a negative impact on exam results, staff and cause confusion for parents.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said the decision had been taken through the proper channels - a consultative committee - but that the council would ‘take another look at it’ after receiving representations from secondary schools.

A final decision is expected shortly.

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Reply Posted by paul gregory on Wednesday May 4 2016 at 11:24
I want to know why they've opted for an extra week in October! Makes no sense to me whatsoever, for one kids will be stuck in house when it's cold wet n windy. Why not stick that week onto Easter break instead? At least then kids have more of a chance at getting out n lakin wi mates.

Reply Posted by Dee on Wednesday May 4 2016 at 16:53
It would be a real bad time to have them at easter because after the easter holidays is when exam and course work season starts therefore they need to be in school as much as possible at that time to get all their revision and work done

Reply Posted by Bill on Wednesday May 4 2016 at 12:28
It's in October as the longest terms are then and the children find it hard especially when they change schools

It's about the pupils not about holidays

Reply Posted by sarah on Wednesday May 4 2016 at 12:29
Or why not give them a floating 2 weeks to take a holiday so it dosent cost the earth to take them on holiday and be more convienient fir working parents!

Reply Posted by Colette on Wednesday May 4 2016 at 16:01
I agree with Sarah. 1 floating weeks to allow parents to have an holiday that doesn't cost the earth and add the other week into another suitable school holiday (I.e. October half term)

Reply Posted by Colette on Wednesday May 4 2016 at 16:03
Will this be for all schools (primary and comprehensive) and also for all schools that are currently academies?

Reply Posted by Sarah on Wednesday May 4 2016 at 16:35
2 weeks floating holiday sounds good. And of course the teachers should have that too so they get cheaper holidays!

Reply Posted by Les on Wednesday May 4 2016 at 17:06
What a fab idea Sarah

Reply Posted by Liz on Wednesday May 4 2016 at 19:02
Typical council tactics..make decision, ask later. When will people wake up and vote this Labour 'all boys together' club out???

Reply Posted by incognito on Thursday May 5 2016 at 08:58
Keep the kids at school while they are at school they are causing no trouble to anyone.too many school holidays ad it is.

Reply Posted by Anon* on Thursday May 5 2016 at 13:42
Why October? Not everyone goes abroad. Weather not known for being great In October. Kids will be inside alot? Why not 2 weeks at spring bank? And who decides the actual weeks in summer holidays? As alot of working parents rely on the Aug bank holiday week to allow them to take less of their holiday entitlement for emergencies.

Reply Posted by Hmm on Thursday May 5 2016 at 14:38
U think the most important question is why are heads leaving important meetings before they end?

Reply Posted by Amanda on Thursday May 5 2016 at 17:27
This is the best idea the Council have ever had.. Six weeks is far far too long, the children get bored!!! It's just too long!.. You have to be loaded to occupy them regularly and I know that you can do and go places that are free but it's needed splitting up for years.. And I think a lot of parents will agree as they have to make extra child care arrangements with grandparents, private childcare and its a fair amount of stress put on families.. Having that extra week in October or even an extra week at Christmas would make big difference... Make the change is what I say!!

Reply Posted by denise barroclough on Thursday May 5 2016 at 19:55
yes six weeks is too long its about time they change kids get bored too quick

Reply Posted by nicky on Friday May 6 2016 at 11:32
I believe the May bank holiday would be better just as it starts to get warmer!! Common Sense to me!!

Reply Posted by Anon on Friday May 6 2016 at 22:51
Why change the holidays, kids are comfortable and used to everything as it is, there's no point in changing it, it will only make them complain and feel angry which also makes a bad opinion about the school if kids don't like the changes.

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