Parents furious as seven-week summer holiday announced – but schools explain why

The decision will see thousands of children enjoy a longer summer break throughout the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust in Teesside.While the news will be welcomed by pupils, parents were said to be “up in arms” about the decision, which they say will amount of higher childcare costs.

However, the trust has explained that no extra holidays have actually been added to the school year- rather a week from the usual two week Easter break has been removed and added to the summer holidays.

One mother with a child at the school said she was told it would also benefit children in their GCSE year, as it means less time out during their last term.
Parents had received the news about the change to school holidays in an email, with the mum, who wishes to stay anonymous and has children at  St Augustine’s RC Primary School, saying many cash-strapped parents were immediately worried.

The trust said it is also looking at ways of providing alternative provision during school holidays to “further support its parents”.