Isle of Wight pupils to have two-week half-term holiday reintroduced next year

SCHOOL children on the Isle of Wight look set to have a two-week October half term holiday next year.

Thursday, 5th May 2022, 4:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th May 2022, 4:59 pm
School children on the Isle of Wight are to get a two-week half-term break
School children on the Isle of Wight are to get a two-week half-term break

It follows an Island-wide consultation which attracted more than 3,250 responses, with the majority (57 per cent) indicating a preference for an extended autumn half-term holiday.

Now Isle of Wight Council cabinet members are being asked to approve the 2023/24 school holiday calendar which includes a two-week break from October 23, 2023 to November 3, 2023.

The summer break would be reduced by a week to compensate.

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Councillor Debbie Andre, cabinet lead for children's services, education and skills, said: ‘The decision to revert to a one-week autumn half term for 2022/23 was made using the results of a smaller consultation carried out prior to my coming into post.

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‘I worked closely with the team to ensure the recent consultation carried out for 2023/24 would be more thorough, offering a choice of three options and seeking views from a wide range of participants including headteachers, teaching unions, parents/carers and pupils themselves.

‘The consultation this time received 3,257 responses and I would like to personally thank all of those who took the time to respond.

‘There was a clear preference among all groups which we have recognised and it is on this strong evidence that the term times for 2023/24 have been set to include a two-week autumn half term break, while maintaining the statutory 195 school days.’

Academies, voluntary aided, foundation and free schools set their own term dates.

The two-week October half-term was first introduced in the 2019/20 academic year. The one-week half-term was reintroduced in 2022/23.

The cabinet is due to meet this evening.