Term Dates

Term Dates 2017/18

Autumn Term 2017
Monday 4 September 2017
Friday 20 October 2017

Monday 30 October 2017
Friday 22 December 2017

Spring Term 2018
Monday 8 January 2018
Friday 16 February 2018

Monday 26 February 2018
Thursday 29 March 2018

Summer Term 2018
Monday 16 April 2018
Friday 25 May 2018

Monday 4 June 2018
Tuesday 24 July 2018

Autumn Term 2018
Monday 3 September 2018
Friday 26th October 2018

Monday 5 November 2018
Friday 21December

Spring Term 2019
Monday 7 January 2019
Friday 15 February 2019

Monday 25 February 2019
Friday 12 April 2019

Summer Term 2019
Monday 29 April 2019
Friday 24 May 2019

Monday 3 June 2019
Monday 22 July 2019

Planned Absence 

Is it worth it?

Parents are still requesting to take their child(ren) out of school during term time for various reasons including family holidays.

All absences cause considerable disruption to a child’s learning and prevent them achieving the grades that they have the potential to reach.  As a consequence, examination grades will be lower than those predicted for your child. 

Younger children also suffer from the break in friendship groups when absent from school and this can result in anxiety on return to school.

The Governing Body have decided to revise our current policy to reflect these concerns.  Therefore from 1 June 2013 our new Absence policy will state:

  • We will not authorize any planned absence taken in school time during Years 9,10 and 11.
  • Any requests for Years 7 and 8 will only be authorized in exceptional circumstances if the student’s attendance is above 95% and will remain above 95% after the planned absence.
  • We will not authorize any absence of 10 school days or over.
  • All requests must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the planned absence
  • Any absence which lasts for 20 consecutive days or more will result in the student(s) being removed from the school role.

 I would therefore ask that all parents accommodate their planned absence during the 13 weeks available to them during the school year and I thank those parents who do not make requests of this kind recognizing that they are clearly most disruptive to their child(ren)s learning.

We are working in partnership with the Educational Welfare Officer to whom we forward all unauthorized absences.  Parent(s) could be fined up to £2,500 and/or sentenced to 3 months imprisonment.  The parent(s) may alternatively be subject to a fixed-penalty fine of £60 per child per parent.


Planned Absence Request Form