Majority of parents want to keep county school holiday dates

Schools in the Harborough district and the rest of the county are set to keep the traditional Leicestershire pattern for terms and holidays, following a consultation.

More than 3,000 parents, schools, governing bodies and other groups sent their feedback to Leicestershire County Council after being invited to have a say on the different options. A total of 86 per cent of people said they wanted to keep the status quo.

The council’s cabinet is expected to agree the term dates for the next four academic years at a meeting on Tuesday, May 6.

Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people Ivan Ould said: “I’m pleased that so many parents and schools have taken the time to send us their feedback.

“We weren’t anticipating a huge appetite for change but as the education landscape has changed a lot recently, we wanted to make sure that the term dates are still right for our children and families.

“The overwhelming response is that people want to follow the existing pattern.”

From September 2015, all state schools in England will be able to decide their own term and holiday patterns but they will be expected to agree common dates. In Leicestershire most schools are expected to follow the council’s calendar.