People living in the Hebburn area have an opportunity next week (Wednesday 1st May) to discuss interest in moving to a new six-term school year in 2003.
South Tyneside Local Education Authority is seeking the views of a wide range of stakeholders and is encouraging people to attend public meetings to ask questions and express their views. The Hebburn meeting will be held in St. Joseph's Comprehensive, Mill Lane at 6.30pm on Wednesday (1st May).
Discussions have been going on nationally about the benefits that could be gained from switching from the traditional three-term year to a different pattern of organising terms and holidays in schools. The Local Government Association (LGA) has been looking into possible changes and has now recommended to local education authorities that they should give serious consideration to adopting a new style six term year. It is also promoting an early move to the new pattern and has proposed that changes could come in for the start of the school year 2003-04, just over a year away.
Chairman of Hebburn Community Area Forum, Councillor Jim Sewell is urging as many people as possible to attend the meeting. He says: "The Council is very keen to hear what parents have to say about the possible changes. We want your views so please make the effort to come to the meeting."
Views can also be sent in writing to Les Rodgers, Schools Services Manager, Lifelong Learning and Leisure Department, Town Hall, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2RL.