Seven weeks of summer
A few people have asked me why schools have seven weeks off this year. Some have suggested that it was an error on behalf of the local authority, but I don’t think this is correct. For a start, if it was an error then it’s an error repeated by the majority of local authorities around the country.
I think the fault of our extra long holidays falls firmly at the hands of our solar system, and is a quirk of our calendar.
A school year consists of 39 weeks of school (including 5 training days) and 13 weeks of holidays. That neatly adds up to 52 weeks which any child can tell you us the length of 1 year. Except it isn’t. 52 weeks is 364 days, but a year has 365 or 366 if it’s a leap year, due to the fact it takes 365 and 1/4 days for the earth to orbit the sun. This discrepancy of 1 or 2 days between a school year and a calendar year means that the school year gets earlier and earlier each year. Every 5 or 6 years, depending where leap years fall, we get an entire week earlier. So to keep our summer holidays in the summer it is necessary to have an extended summer holiday every 5 or 6 years because the Earth refuses to work in multiples of seven.
In my school with have a shorter summer holiday, which means we will get 6 weeks this year. Don’t feel too bad for me though, we get two weeks off in October….