An early Easter has caused holiday headaches for parents in Cheshire West and Chester.

Easter Sunday falling on March 27, outside the borough’s standardised term times, has seen some school’s move their spring break to include the Christian festival.

We asked you whether this had caused any problems, particularly for those with children at different schools, and you replied on our Facebook page.

Sarah Clarke commented: “I have a child in high school and one in primary school and their holidays are different for Easter and whit.

“Would make more sense if the holidays were the same.”

Bishops’ Blue Coat CE High School in Great Boughton, Chester Catholic High School and St Nicholas Catholic High School in Northwich are the three secondary schools to move their break to March 24 to April 11.

The Bishops' Blue Coat CE High School

Vanessa Fisher said: “Bishops High and Upton High are different, and I have one in each, bang goes any plans!”

Sarah Smith said: “I work in a primary school and my two children go to Bishops High School.

“There is only one week during the ‘Easter’ holiday when we are off at the same time and this is the only time we could book a Center Parcs holiday.

“We need to avoid later in the year because of GCSEs! Nightmare!”

In total 10 primary schools followed suit and moved their term dates.

Students from St Winefride's Primary School are also affected by Easter falling early

All other schools in the borough will take a long weekend over Easter before having their two-week spring break based around April 1 to April 18.

Matthew Fazey said: “We always managed in the past with all schools having the same holidays.

“This is the result of schools being able to do what they like and the end of the local education authority.”

Rachel Humphreys posted: “Causes problems for businesses trying to organise school trips and holiday family events too!”

In our poll 75% of readers said they thought standardised term dates were still a good idea.

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Cheshire West adopted the policy in line with neighbouring authorities at the start of September 2013, but academies such as Bishops’ Blue Coat and Chester Catholic High are able to set their own holiday times.

Fi Roberts said: “I’ve only got the one child and to be fair the holidays for our school are the same every year, ie Easter (or Spring holiday) is always 1st 2 weeks in April.

“I’m a bit confused though as to why aren’t all the Cheshire schools off at the same time, can appreciate how annoying it must be with a couple of kids in different schools and different holidays.”

But it wasn’t all negative as some saw the staggered holidays could mean a chance for a cheaper escape abroad.

Richard Lee said: “Didn’t parents want schools to have different holidays so that holiday prices were less expensive?

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Lavinia Chew added: “My daughter is off from the 4th to the 19th. I like it, cheaper holidays for us. The same happens in October too.”

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