Res­i­dents want school terms to stay as they are

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS -

RES­I­DENTS across Le­ices­ter­shire have over­whelm­ingly called for school term and holiday dates to re­main the same in the county.

Ear­lier this year, the county coun­cil launched a con­sul­ta­tion to cap­ture the views of the pub­lic on three sug­gested op­tions for au­tumn 2019 on­wards, one of which aligned with pat­terns in Le­ices­ter schools.

How­ever, cabi­net mem­bers will be told next week that 71 per cent of the peo­ple who had their say were in favour of re­main­ing with Le­ices­ter­shire’s tra­di­tional pat­tern.

That would mean stay­ing with early au­tumn and spring breaks at half-term, with the sum­mer holiday break in­clud­ing the last two weeks of July, tra­di­tion­ally the fort­night fac­tory break.

A term-time pat­tern based on Le­ices­ter City Coun­cil’s arrangements from au­tumn 2019 re­ceived 22 per cent sup­port, with six per cent favour­ing an al­ter­na­tive pat­tern with a later au­tumn and spring half-term. One per cent of the re­spon­dents didn’t ex­press a pref­er­ence.

Coun Ivan Ould, county coun­cil cabi­net mem­ber for chil­dren and fam­i­lies, said: “We ac­knowl­edge the sig­nif­i­cant feed­back in favour of re­main­ing with the tra­di­tional pat­terns, but it was im­por­tant to gauge the views and we had more than 6,000 re­sponses.”

The re­port to be dis­cussed by cabi­net mem­bers says that, while the county coun­cil is re­spon­si­ble for set­ting school term-time dates, the ad­vent of academies has led to a dis­par­ity with some of them al­ready mov­ing away from the tra­di­tional Le­ices­ter­shire pat­tern.

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