Term Dates

Term Dates 2018/19

Autumn Term 2018

Term starts:
Monday 3 September 2018*

Half term:
Monday 29 October – Friday 2 November 2018

Term ends:
Friday 21 December 2018

Christmas Holiday:
Monday 24 December to Friday 4 January

Spring Term 2019

Term starts:
Monday 7 January 2019*

Half term:
Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019

Term ends:
Friday 12 April 2019*

Easter Holiday:
Monday 15 April to Friday 26 April 2019

Summer Term 2019

Term starts:
Monday 29 April 2019

Half term:
Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May 2019

Term ends:
Monday 22 July 2019*

Summer Holiday :
Tuesday 23 July 2019

*Staff Training days:

Monday 3 September, Thursday 20 September, Monday 7 January, Friday 12 April, Monday 22 July

Term Dates 2019/20

 Autumn Term 2019

Term starts:
Monday 2 September 2019

Half term:
Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November 2019

Term ends:
Friday 20 December 2019

Christmas Holiday:
Monday 23 December to Friday 3 January 2019

Spring Term 2020

Term starts:
Monday 6 January 2020

Half term:
Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February 2020

Term ends:
Friday 3 April 2020

Easter Holiday:
Monday 6 April to Friday 17 April 2020

Summer Term 2020

Term starts:
Monday 20 April 2020

Half term:
Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May 2020

Term ends:
Monday 20 July 2020

Summer Holiday:
Tuesday 21 July 2020

Staff Training days: To be announced

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