Catholic Academy Chain changes Christmas terms dates without consultation
On the 11th February parents of St Josephs Catholic Primary School have discovered through the local newspaper, The Birmingham Mail , that the MAC (Lumen Christi Catholic Multi-Academy) has changed the Christmas Holiday Terms Dates from December 16 – January 3 to December 21 – January 9.
Across Birmingham many Schools are guided by Birmingham City Council as to when school holidays take place and common sense prevails so most Schools and Academies follow this guidance.
However the MAC has come to the conclusion that they need to change this for the benefit of all – well at least those schools in the MAC. To-date the parents have not had any formal notice of this change so we are unsure on what basis the decision was made or what the benefits will be for the families involved. The article in the Mail refers to ‘a range of factors’, ‘to focus on Advent’ and ‘the benefits of cheaper holidays outside of the normal school holiday periods’ were behind the decision taken by the Principals at all six schools.
Further more it is alarming that the Principals did not feel the personal responsibility to contact the parents first about this matter. Decisions made like this just fit the Academy Glove!
- You have one child in one school with one set of terms dates and another in a school with a different set of term dates.
- You work in school with one set of term dates and your child / children are in another school with a different set of terms dates.
- You are a single parent with 1 or 2.
- You or your partner are on a short term contract or are self employed with 1.
- The holiday period stretches from 2 weeks to 3 weeks if you are in 1 or 2.
- Can you cram in all the extra work to earn an additional 8 days off in lieu so you can cover your child care.
- Just to keep your employer happy your January – December work-life-balance agreement has a stuttered start!
So as you can see, a quick blast, and I racked up 6 or 7 issues that family’s at St Josephs will have to face.
Notwithstanding the numerous personal family issues surrounding a decision like this.
Here is an interesting timeline involving the change > https://lumenchristiparents.wordpress.com/parents-lumen-christi/timeline...
Freedom of Information requests have revealed that the suggestion came from the Head Teacher at the Secondary school in the MAC - it just so happens her children's secondary school have also changed the dates!
Some parents have received letters that the decsion is final so the next step in the process is to complain to the DfE or OFSTED.
Can there be a legal challenge to this? Does anyone have any advice.?