Decision details

School Calendar 2025/26

Decision status: Recommendations Approved



This report is submitted in order to secure agreement of the school calendar for 2025/26 Academic year for Voluntary Controlled and Community Schools.




RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That the Education, Children and Families Policy Committee approves the school calendar for the 2025/26 academic year, as attached at Appendix A.




Reasons for Decision




It is recommended that Appendix A be approved as the model school calendar for the 2025/26 academic year. The calendar applies to all Community schools, Voluntary Controlled Schools, Community Special Schools and maintained nursery schools. Voluntary Aided Schools, Trusts and Academies that are their own Admission Authority are recommended to adopt the model calendar to promote consistency across the City.




It is likely that Church Aided Schools will have their Easter Break around the religious festival. This has always been the case and Aided Schools will continue to set their own dates at Easter.




There was overwhelming support for fixing the Easter break at the beginning of April when the proposal was first consulted upon for the 2017/18 school calendar. It is accepted that there are many different views and opinions on the school calendar. The purpose of the consultation was to invite opinion and comment from all stakeholders. There have not been many responses to the proposed calendar, nor has there been any strong opposition to the proposed calendar for 2025/26 which indicates that the support expressed under last year’s consultation continues.




Alternatives Considered and Rejected




In response to the overwhelming support for fixing the Easter Break during the 2017/18 consultation process and in subsequent years the Authority has only consulted on this single model for 2025/26.


Publication date: 26/03/2024

Date of decision: 19/03/2024

Decided at meeting: 19/03/2024 - Education, Children and Families Policy Committee

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