Do you think that school holidays are too long?

  • 30 March 2012
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Hayley asks if school holidays should be changed...

After a long term at school everyone looks forward to a bit of a break.

Nottingham city council have announced plans to cut the summer holidays to four weeks instead of six, and to split the school year into five terms.

They say that the school holidays are too long and that children from poorer families can fall behind because of the lengthy summer break.

But some teachers in the city have been on strike because they don't agree with the changes.

We asked you if you thought school holidays should be changed or if they should stay the same.

Here's a selection of your comments:

Your comments

"I think the school holidays should be way longer because you don't have enough time to go places like on holiday because you're not allowed to go on holiday in term time. You have to book it for summer holidays and everyone else goes then so everywhere is crammed!"

Maisie, 8, Weymouth, England

"I think school holidays should be longer as we work hard, especially at high school. I always feel tired and achy towards the end of term because it's so hard."

Katie, 11, Worcestershire, England

"I don't think that they are too long because we deserve a break. We work too hard to only have 1 month off!"

Megan, 11, Staffordshire, England

"I think that school holidays are a little bit too short. They should start in July and finish at the end of August. They definitely should not get any shorter because 6 weeks isn't that much. I think it's a terrible idea."

Agata, 13, Norwich, England

"I think holidays are fine how they are. I usually go on a holiday during them which is fun, so I wouldn't change a thing!"

Becky, 10, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

"I think that there should be one week longer in the summer holiday and take a week off from Easter. In my school they made the summer holiday shorter while it should be the opposite. The summer holidays should be 7-8 weeks long while winter should be 3 weeks."

Walid, 13, London, England

"Students need time to rest from school and the 6 weeks we are given is essential if we are going to do well. It will also give teachers time to rest and then prepare for school. If the teachers get less rest, it's more likely they will get stressed."

Tom, 15, Warwickshire, England

"I think school holidays last for a fair time and children do not get held back. If the school holidays do get shortened, our other holidays must be extended."

Roozbeh, 10, London, England

"I think the summer holiday is too long and it gets boring. I think there should be five terms, so we have lots of two-week holidays at the end of term, and the summer holiday should last four weeks."

Nathan, 10, Southampton, England

"I think we should have six weeks but the people who are falling behind should come back for like summer school like in America."

Austin, 13, Hertfordshire, England

"I think that school holidays are just right because adults can spend more time with children."

Dylan, 10, London, England

"I think they're a bit long. It should be about 4 weeks and then the other 2 weeks should be put at some other point in the year. Also, you get loaded up with homework in the summer."

Rebecca, 12, Tyne and Wear, England

"I think school holidays should be shorter, because to have a good job we need to have lots of time in school!"

Daniel, 11, Manchester, England

"I think summer holidays should stay the same, because when the weather is really good outside, it's harder to concentrate."

Leah, 10, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

"I think there should be one week longer to get kids prepared for school."

Emma, 10, Merseyside, England

"I think that holidays should not change because we need a break."

Mandy, 13, South Yorkshire, England

"I think the summer holidays should be shorter, but there should be more holidays during the term."

Sarah, 13, Halifax, England

"If anything holidays should be extended. We work hard for ages and deserve a long break."

Stanley, 12, Salisbury, England

"Over here in Northern Ireland our summer holidays are 9 weeks long. So I think that we should cut the holidays."

Chloe, 13, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I think the holidays are too long, I go to a private school so all the holidays are longer (except half term) you may think I'm lucky but about 9 weeks off at summer is NOT FUN!"

Elspeth, 12, England

"I think holidays are too long I always get bored and want to go back to school sooner."

Angel, 9, London, England

"I've just started secondary school and our teachers always tell us to have a good rest over the holidays so we can work harder next term."

Claire, 12, Nottingham, England

"No they are not too long we work as hard as the teachers!"

Megan, 9, West Yorkshire, England

" I don't think the holidays are too long we need to spend more time with friends and family and we need freedom."

Tonianne, 12, Birmingham, England

"I think that the holidays are good, and changing them won't help anyone, especially the teachers!"

Dite, 9, Southport, England

"I think they are too short I get two months in Ireland and when I'm 13 I will get 3 months I think everyone should get 3 months so it would be fair."

Gwen, 12, Ireland

"The summer holidays are not too long I thing two months off from school and work is good. You get to relax and chill."

Katie, 13, Wigan, England

"I think that school holidays are way too long. I honestly agree with the changes."

Suheyb, 12, London, England

"Yes I do think they are too long because I get really bored. There's nothing to do after 4 weeks of doing everything there is to do."

Maiya, 12, Wolverhampton, England

"I don't think they are too long because we all need a break to relax and refresh. And when it's hot we can't concentrate properly anyway!"

Jasmine, 12, Essex, England

"School holidays should be the same as it is, not just children but teachers also deserve a break too."

Ranjana, 11, Ashford, England

"I think the length of the holidays are right because we need longer time so we can spend time with our family."

Bhagyasha, 12, Birmingham, England

"I don't think that the school holidays are long at all, in fact I think that all holidays like Easter and winter holidays should be 6 weeks just like the summer holiday. This way the kids can have a break and refresh their minds."

Hawa, 12, Blackburn, England

"I don't think they are to short but I think every now and again we should just have a day off so that teachers could get on top of things."

Jessica, 10, Berkshire, England

"The summer holidays have to stay like this, so you can really relax, and do everything you have to do for the next year, and it's not a good idea to change that."

Woutje, 10, Cambridge, England

"I think school holidays are PERFECT! Not too long, not too short. We work hard all year, we need a break!"

Claire, 12, Argyll and Bute, Scotland

"I think that the holidays are fine as they are. There is enough time for both kids, parents and teachers to enjoy themselves after a lengthy spell of school. Kids look forward to the holidays because they can spend more time with friends, and shortening them will make them less fun and enjoyable, knowing you have to go back to school soon."

Michael, 13, West Yorkshire, England

"School holidays are just right; not too long and not too short. Changing them is not going to help."

Lily, 11, Kent, England

"I think that we should take two weeks off the summer holidays and make the winter and Easter holidays a week longer."

Lewis, 10, Nottingham, England

"No not at all, I think that there should be 3 day weekend and only 4 school days."

Lizzy, 10, Walsall, England

"No I don't think school holidays are too long. We as students work HARD in school as well as the teachers."

Anisa, 12, London, England