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Poll: Should pupils be given the day off school to attend the Royal Norfolk Show?

PUBLISHED: 12:21 29 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:06 30 March 2014

From next year, pupils will not be given a day off school to attend the show. Picture: James Bass

From next year, pupils will not be given a day off school to attend the show. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

Norfolk pupils will no longer be given a day off school to attend the Royal Norfolk Show.

The county council decided to scrap the Thursday holiday from 2015-2016 after schools said it was also leading to parents keeping children out of the classroom the following day.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “Headteachers have told us that having a pupil holiday on the Thursday of the Royal Norfolk Show has had a negative impact on attendance the following day. Clearly we want Norfolk’s children to attend school regularly, as attendance and attainment are so closely linked - we have therefore reviewed the arrangements for 2015.

“In addition, we have been told by both the former and current organisers of the show that fewer children have actually attended the event since the school holiday arrangements began in 2012. The show committee feels that more children would attend, as part of organised school parties, if schools remained open during the event.

“We always said that the arrangements to have a holiday to coincide with the Norfolk Show were on a trial basis and we consulted with headteachers about proposals to change the arrangements, for schools that wish to follow a countywide calendar.”

The show is the largest annual event in Norfolk, and claims to be the largest two-day agricultural show in the country, with more than 650 stalls.

This year it will be held on June 25-26.

What do you think? Vote in our poll, comment below or email martin.george@archant.co.uk

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