Glasgow school parents call for longer Christmas break holidays

Education bosses have already released a draft calendar for holidays with parents able to have their say
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Calls have been made to add extra holiday time for pupils at Christmas next year. Education bosses at the council have released possible dates for school holidays from 2024 to 2026 in Glasgow.

Parents are being asked for their opinions on the suggested school closure days – and many appear to feel their kids don’t get enough time off at Christmas. A number of mums have voiced their opinions on Glasgow City Council’s social media pages calling for more time off for children during winter and fewer holidays in the summer.

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One commented : “Add two weeks onto the winter holidays and take them off the summer.” Another added:” Take a couple of weeks off summer hols and add them to Christmas holidays.” A third pointed out: “An extra week holiday in October swapped for a week less over Summer would be good.”

The council consultation said: “The current pattern of school term dates, holidays and in service days is set until July 2024. Glasgow City Council has developed a draft calendar for the following two years and wants to hear the views of parents, carers, pupils, staff and the wider public before the dates are finalised.”

People can have their say on the dates until September 1, 2023 and feedback can be submitted online at:

The proposed school closure dates for the following two years are as follows: School Term Dates 2024-2025 (Proposed)

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August Monday, 12 August 2024 (Return date for Teachers & In-Service Day)Tuesday, 13 August 2024 (In-Service Day)Wednesday, 14 August 2024 (Return date for Pupils)

September Friday, 27 September and Monday, 30 September 2024 (September weekend holiday)

October Friday, 11 October (In-Service Day)Monday, 14 to Friday, 18 October 2024 (October Week)

December – Christmas and New Year Schools close at 2.30 pm on Friday, 20 December 2024Monday, 23 December 2024 – Friday, 3 January 2025 (Christmas holidays)

January Schools return on Monday, 6 January 2025

February mid term break

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Monday, 17 February 202, Tuesday, 18 February 2025 & Wednesday, 19 February 2025 (In-service day)

April – Spring Holiday (Easter)S chools close at 2.30 pm on Friday, 4 April 2025Monday, 7 April – Monday, 21 April 2025 (Spring Break) Schools return on Tuesday, 22 April 2025

May Monday, 5 May 2025 (May Holiday) Thursday, 22 May 2025 (In-service day) Friday, 23 May 2025 and Monday, 26 May 2025 (May Weekend)

June Schools Close at 1.00 pm on Wednesday, 25 June 2025

School Term Dates 2025-2026 (Proposed)

August Tuesday, 12 August 2025 (Return date for Teachers & In-Service Day)Wednesday, 13 August 2025 (In-Service Day) Thursday, 14 August 2025 (Return date for Pupils)

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September Friday, 26 September and Monday, 29 September 2025 (September weekend holiday)

October Friday, 10 October 2025 (In-Service Day)Monday, 13 to Friday, 17 October 2023 (October Week)

December – Christmas and New Year Schools close at 2.30 pm on Friday, 19 December 2025Monday, 22 December 2025 – Friday, 3 January 2026 (Christmas holidays)

January Schools return on Monday, 5 January 2026

February mid term break Monday, 16 February 2026 Tuesday, 17 February 2026 Wednesday, 18 February 2026 (In-service day)

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April – Spring Holiday (Easter) Schools close at 2.30 pm on Thursday, 2 April 2026 Monday, 6 April – Friday, 17 April 2026 (Spring Break) Schools return on Monday, 20 April 2026

May Thursday, 1 May 2026 (In-service day to coincide with Scottish Parliamentary election, but may be subject to change) Monday, 4 May 2026 (May Holiday) Friday, 22 May 2026 and Monday, 25 May 2026 (May Weekend)

June Schools Close at 1.00 pm on Thursday, 25 June 2026

August Thursday, 14 August 2026 (Proposed date of Teachers return)

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