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School extends half-term for cheaper holidays

Severn Vale School says it's had an overwhelmingly positive response to changing term dates. Photo: ITV News

A school in Gloucestershire has become one of the first in the country to change its term times so parents can take advantage of cheaper holidays.

Severn Vale School in Quedgeley cut short their summer break by a week so it could add an extra seven days' holiday to the October half term.

"The feedback I'm getting from parents is overwhelmingly positive. I'm getting people contacting me about the situation for 2018 as well. Parents are obviously looking to take advantage of those holidays," said the Headteacher Richard Johnson.

Pupils say they don't mind having a shorter summer holiday. Credit: ITV News

The school has academy status which means it can choose its own holidays, and pupils are looking forward to the fortnight holiday.

"It gives me a chance to refresh in the middle of the academic year. Especially now I'm in Year 11. It's quite a challenging year", said one student.

Severn Vale School plans to run the two-week half term again in 2018, raising questions whether other schools will follow, and give parents the chance to save money on their next October break.