Tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 13) is the last chance for people to have their say on changing the school year from three terms to six.

Hampshire County Council has been inviting people's opinions on national proposals to change the school year. Teachers and other school staff will have until Sept 30 to air their views.

They can fill out the pull-out questionnaire from the latest "Hampshire Now" magazine or from the online questionnaire at

Hampshire's Executive Member for Education, Coun Don Allen, said: "By the end of the consultation we want to be able to make a well informed decision on whether or not to adopt a six term year in Hampshire.

"We are using a wide range of consultation and communication methods to ensure that all interested individuals and groups are given an opportunity to comment and that we have clear evidence on which to base our decision.

"So far we have had a good response from the public on the six term year, but I would like to encourage as many people as possible to forward their views by this week's closing date by completing the pull-out in ‘Hampshire Now' or by completing the questionnaire on our website."

The Local Government Authority proposals recommend: six terms; two terms before Christmas with no term of more than 38 days (seven weeks, three days); a two-week October break; a two week Christmas break; four terms after Christmas, all limited to a maximum of six weeks, and a summer break, always of five weeks or more.

In the years when Easter falls particularly early or late, Good Friday and Easter Monday, still taken as holidays, would fall within term time, just as the May Day bank holiday does now.