School head hits out at holiday findings

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A HEADTEACHER has criticised the way the results of a straw poll on changes to school holidays have been ignored.

Michael Gosling said the overwhelming majority of people who took part in the consultation process wanted a six-term year.

But Calderdale Council’s children’s services panel gave the idea the thumbs down.

“A total of 968 people responded and 59 per cent said the six-term proposal was a good idea,” said Mr Gosling.

Mr Gosling, principal of Trinity Academy, at Holmfield, Halifax, thought councillors might have been influenced by conflicting advice from council officers.

They told the panel in a report that 59 per cent was “far from significant” and yet in another section that 40 per cent was “evidence of strength of feeling.”

“It is hardly surprising that I have serious issues with the conclusions drawn from the consultation results and the subsequent recommendation,” said Mr Gosling.

The academy will introduce the new six-term year in September because academies, foundation and voluntary aided schools are able to set their own term dates.

The council can only fix dates for community. voluntary controlled and special schools.

It will consider the panel’s recommendation on February 16.