CONSULTATION SCHOOL TERM AND HOLIDAY DATES – ACADEMIC YEAR 2018/19
January 16, 2017 10 Comments
The Local Authority is currently responsible for setting school term and holiday dates for all Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools. To date, the majority of Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Academy schools have followed the same term and holiday dates.
Traditional principles used in Warwickshire
A number of ‘guiding principles’ have traditionally been used to set the pattern of terms and holidays and every effort is always made to adhere to as many of the following as possible:
- 195 days from which the five teacher days are taken;
- Two of the five days defined by the local authority, one at the start of the autumn and spring terms; the other three to be set by schools;
- Complete weeks wherever possible;
- A three weekend break at Christmas and Easter;
- A summer break as close to six weeks as possible;
- A pattern which is as consistent as possible with neighbouring authorities.
In attempting to adhere to the above principles, Warwickshire’s calendars have occasionally differed from those set by neighbouring authorities. The previous process followed by Warwickshire was for officers from the West Midlands authorities to meet in January to discuss potential options and seek to achieve a consensus. However, with the presence of more Multi Academy Trusts spanning across authorities it is more of a complex issue to agree term dates and training days than ever before. The impact of these decisions being home to school transport costs.
Options for 2018/9 (attached PDFs)
Option 1: School would begin the academic year on Monday 3rd September and continue through till the 22nd of July, although the pupils would finish the year on the 19th. Christmas holidays would be for 2 weeks from the 21st of December till the 7th of January which is a teacher training day so the pupils would return on the 8th.
Option 2: School would begin on the 3rd of September and continue through to the 29th of July for teachers with pupils breaking up the Friday before (the 26th). This would result in a 5 week summer holiday with an extra week holiday in the October half term from the 19th October till the 5th of November.
Option 3: Here the term would start on the 3rd September for staff and on the 4th for pupils, and continue through till the 22nd of July, although the pupils would finish the year on the 19th. The first half term would extend from the 19th to the 29th of October and Christmas break would begin on the 21st of December.
Comments should be submitted by 31st January 2017.
All comments received will be considered before a recommendation is put forward to the Portfolio Holder for Education for a decision. The calendar for the 2018/19 academic year will then be published in June.