Following consultation in June and July, the school calendar for 2017/2018 was approved by our Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families on 21 July 2016.
There were over 1200 responses to the consultation with the overwhelming majority (71%) of respondents preferring Option 2 which fixes the Easter Break in the first 2 weeks of April.
Of those stakeholders that responded in support of Option 2:
The Calendar applies to all Community Schools, Voluntary Controlled Schools and Community Special Schools.
Voluntary Aided Schools, Foundation Schools, Trusts and Academies are free to set their own calendar but are asked to adopt our model for consistency.
Voluntary Aided Schools are still free to set their own Easter break.
The Council’s decision does not affect the statutory Bank Holidays.
Appendix D provides detailed analysis of the responses to the consultation:
Results of the 2017-2018 consultation questionnaire