Here’s how Isle of Wight school holiday dates could change from 2019

Of the 1,800 respondents to the consultation, 59 per cent said they’d prefer to take a week off the summer school holidays and place it elsewhere.

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Councillors will consider the option of changing school term times on the Isle of Wight, following an extensive consultation with the public (see proposed dates).

More than 1,800 people responded to the survey which asked whether shortening the previously six-week summer break would be well received.

Reduce summer holidays by one week
Fifty-nine per cent of respondents supported the proposal to reduce the summer holidays by one week, suggesting that the autumn half term (October) break be extended by a week (67 per cent of responses favoured autumn over spring).

Cllr Paul Brading, Cabinet member for children’s services, said,

“The results of our survey clearly demonstrate that there is a desire to trial a new approach to school holiday patterns on the Island, which was one of our pledges; to give families more choice over when they take their holidays, while at the same time making term lengths more even.

“The option on the table reflects the majority of responses to our thorough, and well participated in public consultation and shows that we are listening to stakeholders. Term times are considered annually and will continue to be reviewed in the future.

“Ultimately, our aim is to continue to drive up educational standards so that all of our schools are rated ‘good’ or better by Ofsted, and also continue to increase attendance in our schools.”

The proposed dates
If the proposed pattern for school holidays is adopted by local authority-run schools, there is also agreement in principle, that other Island schools will structure their academic year around the same dates to ensure that there is no disparity between families with children attending different schools.

The survey also asked whether a two week reduction of the summer holidays and extra week in spring also be considered. This was not supported by the public and is therefore not proposed as an option. Survey respondents also said that they ‘didn’t mind’ whether the Easter weekend was incorporated in the school Easter holiday period.

Opinions of parents/carers, pupils, school staff (including teachers) and ‘others’ were collected as part of the consultation; with 68 per cent of responses offered by parents.

Proposed dates for Isle of Wight School term times

Start dateEnd date
Mon 2 September 2019 Fri 18 October 2019
2 weeks half term holiday
Mon 4 November 2019Fri 20 December 2019
2 weeks Christmas holiday
Mon 6 January 2020Fri 14 February 2020
1 week half term holiday
Mon 24 February 2020Fri 3 April 2020
2 weeks Easter holiday
Mon 20 April 2020Fri 22 May 2020
1 week half term holiday
Mon 1 June 2020Fri 24 July 2020
5 weeks Summer holiday

Image: © Visit Isle of Wight

Monday, 12th February, 2018 2:56pm



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And in 2020, the August bank holiday falls on the last day in August with the schools starting back on September 1st? Can’t see that being too popular with people wanting to be away bank holiday week. Isn’t Ryde carnival week during bank holiday week?