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Holidays

Volume 436: debated on Monday 28 April 1947

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asked the Minister of Education why grammar schools are not allowed to decide, and are not consulted about, the allotment of the 10 days holiday allowed beyond the main 12 weeks, since such schools, whose staff are commonly not local, would usually prefer to use three out of the 10 days on Mondays at the beginning of each term to travel back to work; and whether he will review these arrangements.

Neither the Act nor the Primary and Secondary Schools (Grant Conditions) Regulations restrict the governors of maintained secondary schools in the allocation of the occasional holidays which may be granted in term time up to a maximum of 10 days. The matter is one for the Articles of Government, and the 1944 White Paper on the Principles of Government in Secondary Schools indicated that governors should be empowered to grant such holidays at their discretion