Set out below are the school term and holiday dates for community and voluntary controlled schools. School term and holiday dates for voluntary aided and foundation schools are decided by individual school governing bodies.
The local authority sets three of the five professional development (PD) days available to schools with the aim of achieving further efficiencies by way of transport costs as well as maintaining some consistency for pupils and parents. We hope you will continue to cooperate regarding the timing of PD days and ask that you adhere to the agreed calendar. The fixed PD days have been amended following feedback from the consultation. Consultation on term dates with our neighbouring Authorities showed that the majority of Authorities will adopt a very similar calendar to North Yorkshire.
The calendar identifies 195 days, three of which are allowed as closures for PD days. The responsibility for identifying the remaining two PD days is delegated to the Governing Bodies of schools. It is important that the dates of the remaining PD are available for reference by colleagues in the Children and Young People's Service and therefore I should be grateful if you would let the Welfare Team in Harrogate have details of these as soon as they have been decided. Please note your returns should be forwarded to the central team based in Harrogate, contact details are as follows:
Welfare Team - CYPS
31-33 Victoria Avenue
Tel: 01609 533405
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Although the legislation with regard to changing of school hours was revoked in 2011, DfE have issued some guidance which states that they still expect schools to have regard to the views of parents, pupils and staff and to manage changes reasonably. We would therefore ask that if you are considering changing your school hours you contact Lisa Herdman via email email@example.com or at the Harrogate address above outlining the proposed changes to start and finish times at least three months prior to any proposed changes. This allows time for consultation with operators to agree any changes to transport contracts and arrangements. Please note: all schools will be charged for extra transport costs arising from a change in school hours.
For more general information on school term dates visit the NYCC website.