The majority of West Sussex schools have indicated that they intend to abide by these recommendations, although some may not. Locally, term dates are consulted on through school and teaching representative bodies before being finalised.
Are you thinking of taking your child out of a West Sussex school during term time? Or, need to know when the kids go back to school after the holidays?
Sussex was one of the first Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in Britain and its name means 'land of the south Saxons'. Sitting on the south coast of England, West Sussex is a quiet county of small towns and picturesque villages. Here you'll find beautiful countryside, coastal retreats, and mysterious tales and legends of days gone by.
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School term and holiday dates are usually set over 18 months in advance of the academic year. In setting term dates, the County Council liaises with neighbouring authorities, head teachers, union representatives and the Diocese to secure the best alignment of dates across the region.
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Crawley is the economic centre of West Sussex. Crawley is a New Town which has expanded rapidly in recent times driven in part by the travel industry and the close proximity of London's Gatwick airport.
Nearby Horsham is an ancient market town with a bustling modern shopping centre sharing space with beautiful historic buildings, especially around the beautiful Causeway area.
Further south and to the west is the charming cathedral city of Chichester. The town is the administrative capital of West Sussex and is very popular with tourists who enjoy the proximity to the South Downs as well as the large natural harbour. Chichester boasts fine Georgian architecture and good shopping.
West Sussex is full of legends and stories of the past. This county also demonstrates a large interest in ghostly happenings and UFO sightings in the area. West Sussex has many haunted inns, a haunted road, and the mysterious Clapham Woods. Clapham Woods has had plenty of reports of UFOs, strange apparitions and suggestions of satanic devil worshipping! It remains an eerie place and one which you might not want to get lost in at night, but Clapham does make an interesting day trip for the UK school holidays.
The village of Clapham has just one street, named ‘The Street'. The manor here was held for around 300 years by the Shelley family, famous for their poet son, Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife Mary Shelley who wrote Frankenstein.
Bignor and Clapham both fall within the South Downs National Park, as does much of West Sussex. This area is a haven for walkers, cyclists, horse riders, or those simply wanting to explore the countryside and its wildlife.
Sitting just inside the South Downs National Park is Arundel. Dominated by its spectacular castle, Arundel is a picturesque town of Georgian buildings and hilly little streets and makes a relaxing day out during the half term break.
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