The experimental two-week half-term school holidays being trialled by Brighton and Hove City Council will be scrapped – but not until next year.
Almost 4,500 people responded to a survey which found that most parents and staff wanted to revert to the existing pattern of school holidays, the council said.
A decision to switch back is expected to be agreed when councillors met early next month.
The council said today (Friday 23 February): “A recommendation to revert to a one-week October half-term holiday for community and special schools in Brighton and Hove starting in 2019 will be considered by councillors at a meeting on Monday 5 March.
“The recommendation follows a recent public consultation that showed a majority of respondents to be against making a two-week half-term holiday a permanent fixture on the calendar.
“Two-week October half-term hoolidays in 2017 and 2018 were agreed on a trial basis by the council’s Children, Young People and Skills Committee in 2016 following public consultation.
“However, an analysis of the recent consultation carried out following the first of the two-week breaks in October 2017 showed that nearly two thirds of respondents did not wish to see the trial continue beyond 2018.”
Councillor Dan Chapman, who chairs the committee, said: “It’s clear that most of the people who responded to our survey do not wish to see the continuation of the extended half-term break.
“We are also aware that a number of our voluntary-aided schools have already decided to revert back to a one-week October break this year.
“I think it’s important for us to have a consistent model of holidays across our city-wide family of schools.
“The decision back in 2016 to trial the two-week break was informed by nearly 60 per cent of people responding to our consultation at the time saying they would like to see a new week’s holiday created outside the traditional pattern of school holidays.
“We listened then and I think we need to listen again and revert back to a one-week October half term break as of 2019.”
The extra week in October was created by saving five days from existing holidays as a way to help families beat the higher cost of flights and hotels during school holidays.
There was no reduction in the number of teaching days as the council tried to give families more flexibility and reduce the number of children missing school as their families booked term-time breaks to save money.
The council sets the academic year dates for community and special schools in the city.
But voluntary-aided schools, which are usually Roman Catholic church schools, set their own dates – as do academies and free schools.
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