Teacher defends long half-term plans

Gazette: Construction work at the new Colchester Academy building is now complete. Construction work at the new Colchester Academy building is now complete.

A HEADTEACHER has defended plans for an extra-long half term from next week.

The mid-term February break will be six days longer than usual for some pupils at the Colchester Academy as the school moves into its new building.

Two staff training days will be used for packing tomorrow and Friday, while pupils will return on Thursday and Friday two weeks later.

Some parents have said the school has not considered the impact on students at the school.

But headteacher Barry Hersom said the move could not be done any quicker.

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6:25pm Wed 12 Feb 14

LeQueen says...

Great idea. I wish all half terms were two weeks long.
Great idea. I wish all half terms were two weeks long. LeQueen

7:23pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Strange they can extend holidays and add on teacher training days to suit themselves without any thought for pupils or parents.

My son formally requested two days off School for his Five year old, to go to a family wedding in the North of England later this year. The Head teacher has said any time off School would be considered unauthorised. He is appealing this decision to the LEA but is it any wonder the teaching profession have little credibility.
Strange they can extend holidays and add on teacher training days to suit themselves without any thought for pupils or parents. My son formally requested two days off School for his Five year old, to go to a family wedding in the North of England later this year. The Head teacher has said any time off School would be considered unauthorised. He is appealing this decision to the LEA but is it any wonder the teaching profession have little credibility. Say It As It Is OK?

9:39pm Wed 12 Feb 14

longridgelady says...

Parents of pupils at the academy were made aware of this extra long break at the start of the new school year in September. Its just all the non pupil days throughout the year lumped together rather than tacked on various holidays or random days so pupils are not loosing out in anyway. I for one will be enjoying spending time with my year 11 child who needs the break to de stress after intense mock exams.
Parents of pupils at the academy were made aware of this extra long break at the start of the new school year in September. Its just all the non pupil days throughout the year lumped together rather than tacked on various holidays or random days so pupils are not loosing out in anyway. I for one will be enjoying spending time with my year 11 child who needs the break to de stress after intense mock exams. longridgelady

9:48pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

It's not a longer half term. It's the same length half term with teacher INSET days added - which will help make the school work.

Lots of thought for students and parents - it gets the new school building operating when the students return.

Appallingly misleading headline.
It's not a longer half term. It's the same length half term with teacher INSET days added - which will help make the school work. Lots of thought for students and parents - it gets the new school building operating when the students return. Appallingly misleading headline. Jack222

9:05am Thu 13 Feb 14

paddy16 says...

As a parent of a pupil at this school, we were made aware early last year at her induction meeting.
It is to allow the transition from the old school to the newly built school, it seems like a gazette headline being blown out of proportion again, I am more than happy with the school and the information throughout regarding the build.
Good luck to them all , pupils and teachers alike.
As a parent of a pupil at this school, we were made aware early last year at her induction meeting. It is to allow the transition from the old school to the newly built school, it seems like a gazette headline being blown out of proportion again, I am more than happy with the school and the information throughout regarding the build. Good luck to them all , pupils and teachers alike. paddy16

9:09am Thu 13 Feb 14

Colchester Castle says...

The headline suggests an row between parents and the school. The article itself has no such suggestion.

Storm in a teacup.
The headline suggests an row between parents and the school. The article itself has no such suggestion. Storm in a teacup. Colchester Castle

1:01pm Thu 13 Feb 14

HARRY438 says...

Holidays should be 11 months long with extended tea breaks -its the only way to tackle the teacher shortage!
Holidays should be 11 months long with extended tea breaks -its the only way to tackle the teacher shortage! HARRY438

10:20pm Thu 13 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

Give them plenty of homework.
Give them plenty of homework. stevedawson

6:48pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Suffolkcommuter says...

Barry should apply for the job at Phillip Morant.

Its paying 125k
Barry should apply for the job at Phillip Morant. Its paying 125k Suffolkcommuter

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