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Term Dates

Parents/carers who need to take their child out of school during term time should contact the school immediately. Contact should be made before booking travel for holidays in term time. Please read the School Attendance policy before booking holiday in term time. 



As of 1 September 2013 there has been a change in the School Attendance Regulations. Where there used to be the option for headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during the term time in ‘special circumstances’ of up to ten days in a year, this has been removed.


Leave of Absence Requests

Often one of the biggest adjustments for any family once they have children of compulsory school age is recognising that family holidays need to be taken within the school holiday period. In exceptional circumstances there may be times when leave of absence from school for reasons other than holiday needs to be requested. Holiday is not deemed to be an exceptional circumstance.


In exceptional circumstances parents/carers should complete a leave of absence in term time request, available from the school office, to request time away from school. We strongly recommend that you request permission before planning any leave of absence. The request should be made in advance by the parent or carer with whom the child lives. This is the case even where it is another person who wishes to take the child out of school.


If your child goes on holiday in term time or takes leave of absence for other reasons without permission from the Executive Headteacher, the absences will be marked in the school register as unauthorised absences and this may result in a Truancy Penalty Notice of £60 (rising to £120) per parent per child being issued by the local authority. In some cases, parents may be prosecuted for the offence of failure to ensure regular attendance at school. Parents/carers should never simply discount the amount of a penalty notice from the cost of a cheaper holiday, because this is a criminal offence and, when doing so, they are always risking prosecution.


Variations between schools

Please be aware that there can be term date variations between schools. 

PD Days 

Wednesday 1st September 2021
Friday 17th December 2021 
Friday 18th February 2022
Monday 28th February 2022
Friday 22nd October 2021

School PD Days

Tuesday 6th September 2022
Friday 16th December 2022.

LA (Local Authority) PD Days

Monday 5th September 2022
Friday 21st October 2022
Tuesday 3rd January 2023.