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Chiddingstone school lengthens day to help family breaks

Chiddingstone CofE primary school Image copyright N Chadwick / Geograph
Image caption Pupils at Chiddingstone primary school break up for a two-week half term on Friday

A primary school has lengthened its school day to help parents take children on holiday when prices are lower.

Chiddingstone Primary, near Tonbridge, in Kent's school day will be 20 minutes longer, in return, the May and October half-term will last for two weeks, instead of one.

Pupils break up for a two-week half term on Friday.

Other schools in the county will not finish until a week later, on 27 May.

Head teacher Rachel Streatfeild said the changes would enable parents to take their children away on holiday when prices were more affordable.

They would also restrict each term to no longer than six weeks, allowing the curriculum to be taught "more efficiently".

"We also feel the slightly lengthier day will benefit the older children who will face longer school days when they transition to secondary school," she said.

A similar plan is being considered in Brighton and Hove, where teacher-training days could be used to vary the start and finish dates of terms.

Following a petition to councillors last year about the cost of holidays during current school holiday periods, Brighton and Hove City Council launched a public consultation to gather the views of parents, pupils and teachers.

Each school has five inset days and the proposal could create a week's holiday in what is currently term-time.

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