Term Dates Consultation

We are consulting you about proposed changes to students’  term dates for future years.  We are proposing to:

  1. Implement a two week October half-term holiday.
  2. Ensure that the maximum length of any half-term for students is 7 weeks
  3. Move INSET days to outside term time so that there are no “odd days” of holiday for students during term time (except for Bank Holidays which are outside our control)
  4. Ensure that the school year for students remains within the Sutton school dates as much as possible i.e. it does not start earlier or run later, so that our student holidays overlap with other school holidays.


Why make these changes?

  • The Autumn term often comprises of one 8 week half-term; the end of this term becomes less useful as students and staff become very tired and illness is higher as a result. 
  • We believe using this “week” at other times will be better for students’ learning and progress.
  • A 2 week October half-term will ensure a maximum of 7 weeks before and after the October half-term.  It gives students a restful break before the long winter terms and busy Christmas and New Year period.
  • Moving INSET days to outside term time will mean that teachers and other staff are working when students have their holiday breaks.  This gives the potential for the 2 weeks at October for students and for some staff.

An example of what term dates MIGHT look like for the next three years should this go ahead, can be found as a pdf at the bottom of the page. 

How to respond?

If you wish to respond, please email the school with any comments by Thursday 7th December 2017 at 9 am on the school email address: secretary@cheam.sutton.sch.uk, or write to the School Secretary, c/o the school heading your communication:  SCHOOL DATES CONSULTATION. 

What happens next?

We will take parents/carers' feedback, together with students' and staff responses, to the Governing Body in December.  If they are minded to support this, then we will let you know and give you a second opportunity for any additional feedback before their meeting in January. 
We should be able to confirm whether this proposal is accepted by the end of January 2018 and, if accepted, whether this starts for the academic year 2018/19 or later.

Please note: this is a consultation and you should not make any plans to use the proposed dates available on this page in your holiday planning at this stage.


Does this mean that my child will get less teaching next year, compared to this year?

No.  The teaching days for students will stay the same.  Instead of losing 2 days in early September to INSET and three days during December and January, these days will be taught.  This gives the 5 days of teaching back to students.  The days provided will remain the same as this year.

Will this mean that the school year will start earlier than other schools?

Maybe.  The start dates of schools always vary, depending on when they take INSET days.  Our intention would be to start within the Sutton published dates, usually on a Monday.  Other schools may start a day or so later, or may start the same day.

Will the school still have INSET days and training time?

Yes.  There will be days just before students start in September.  This will mean most teaching staff agreeing to work in August to ensure the necessary preparation for the school year.  In addition, there will be training and development sessions on certain dates at the end of the school day.  Some staff will also be involved in training and INSET days in the second week of October half-term.
The school and governors are very aware of the huge changes in both the curriculum and public examination system; time for development of resources to support students to learn remains a high priority for the school.

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Term Dates Consultation 24th Nov 2017 Download