Term Dates 2023/24
Autumn Term 2023
Term starts: Monday 04 September 2023
Half term holiday: Monday 30 October 2023 – Friday 03 November 2023
Term ends: Friday 22 December 2023
Spring Term 2024
Term starts: Monday 08 January 2024
Half term holiday: Monday 12 February 2024 – Friday 16 February 2024
Term ends: Friday 22 March 2024
Summer Term 2024
Term starts: Monday 08 April 2024
Half term holiday: Monday 27 May 2024 – Friday 31 May 2024
Term ends: Monday 22 July 2024
Inset Days 2023/24
Monday 04 September 2023
Tuesday 05 September 2023
Monday 08 January 2024
Friday 19 April 2024
Monday 22 July 2024
Planned absence Policy
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 from 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 break-in friendship groups when absent from school and this can result in anxiety on return their return to school.
- We will not authorise any planned absence taken in school time unless this is for an authorised sporting or educational visit.
- We will forward all absences of 4 days or over to the Educational Welfare Officer.
- The only exception to this will be for students in Year 7 or 8
- where the headteacher decides there are exceptional circumstances
- those students have over 96% attendance (and will remain above 96% after the planned absence). This is the equivalent of no more than 7½ days of absence in an academic year.
- Any absence which lasts for 20 consecutive days may result in the student(s) being removed from the school roll.
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 unauthorised 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.