Proposed Bristol School Term Dates 2019/20

Closed 16 Mar 2018

Opened 5 Feb 2018

Feedback Updated 21 Feb 2019

We Asked

Bristol City Council is responsible for setting the school term and holiday dates for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools in the city. This consultation includes the proposed dates for the 2019/20 school year

Other schools are responsible for setting their own dates so these may vary from those set by BCC.

Officers from across the South West have consulted each other and agreed the dates to be consulted to ensure as much consistency across the region as possible.

The dates agreed with other Local Authorities have been the subject of consultation running 5th February 2018 to 16th March 2018.

The dates are agreed by working alongside neighbouring Local Authorities, in particular South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset.  Effort is made to ensure there is consistency for cross border movement by residents who work or attend school in a county different to where they live. If this is not achieved there can be considerable issues for children, parents and school staff.

Therefore, these neighbouring LAs have been consulting on the same dates.

You Said

A limited number of responses to the consultation have been received.  

One comment was concerning the term end date being Monday 20th July 2018.  Whist not ideal, this was necessary to ensure the correct number of school days and reduce the number of part weeks in the rest of the year. It is assumed that most schools would use this day as a potential inset/teacher training day.

Other responses offered alternative dates.  These included.
1.    Adding two extra dates into the October half term (taken from the beginning of the summer holiday)as preferable to an 8 week term 1.
2.    Changing the term dates to allow for shorter terms/more flexibility for holiday date
Both of these options although valid and a consideration for future years would mean different term dates than the neighbouring Local Authorities, therefore, creating other issues with consistency.
 
The general feedback was otherwise been positive.

We Did

The final decision was passed through school's forum and the decision was made to go with the following dates:

Term 1: Monday 2nd September 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019 (40 School Days)
Term 2: Monday 4th November 2019 to Friday 20th December 2019 (35 School Days)
Term 3: Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 14th February 2020 (30 School Days)
Term 4: Monday 24th February 2020 to Friday 3rd April 2020 (30 School Days)
Term 5: Monday 20th April 2020 to Friday 22nd May 2020 (24 School Days)
Term 6: Monday 1st June 2020 to Monday 20th July 2020 (36 School Days)

A downloadable version of the term dates calendar can be found in the BCC website.
 

 

Overview

Bristol City Council is responsible for setting the school term and holiday dates for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools in the city. This consultation includes the proposed dates for the 2019/20 school year.

Term 1: Monday 2nd September 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019 (40 School Days)

Term 2: Monday 4th November 2019 to Friday 20th December 2019 (35 School Days)

Term 3: Monday 6th January 2020 to Friday 14th February 2020 (30 School Days)

Term 4: Monday 24th February 2020 to Friday 3rd April 2020 (30 School Days)

Term 5: Monday 20th April 2020 to Friday 22nd May 2020 (24 School Days)

Term 6: Monday 1st June 2020 to Monday 20th July 2020 (36 School Days)

These dates are being proposed following discussions with Local Authorities neighbouring Bristol.

All responses will be considered before the school term and holiday dates are agreed.  The school term and holiday dates will then be published on the Bristol City Council website.

 

Why We Are Consulting

Before agreeing the proposed school term and holiday dates we would like to know your views.

Email your comments to james.last@bristol.gov.uk

What Happens Next

All responses will be considered before the school term and holiday dates are agreed.  The school term and holiday dates will then be published on the Bristol City Council website.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Children / Young People
  • Parents, carers and guardians
  • Equalities group(s)

Interests

  • Children and young people
  • Education and early years