to Jul 24

Holiday List 2018/2019

Autumn Term 2018

Open                           Tuesday 4th September 2018

Close for half term     Thursday 18th October 2018 (normal finishing time)

Re-open                      Monday 29th October 2018

Close for Christmas    Friday 21st December 2018  2.00pm


Spring Term 2019

Open                           Tuesday 8th January 2019

Close for half term     Friday 15th February 2019 (normal finishing time)

Re-open                      Monday 25th February 2019

Close for Easter          Friday 12th April 2019  2.00pm


Summer Term 2019

Open                           Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Bank Holiday               Monday 6th May 2019 (school closed one day only)

Close for half term      Friday 24th May 2019 (normal finishing time)

Re-open                       Monday 10th June 2019

Close for Summer       Friday 19th July 2019   2.00pm


The above holidays include teacher training days as follows:

Monday 3rd September 2018          Friday 19th October 2018

Monday 7th January 2019               Monday and Tuesday 22nd and 23rd July 2019   

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to Jul 23

School Holidays 2017 - 2018

Autumn Term

Open                           Tuesday 5th September 2017

Close for half term    Wednesday 25th October 2017 (normal finishing time)

Re-open                      Tuesday 7th November 2017

Close for Christmas   Friday 22nd December 20172.00pm


Spring Term

Open                          Monday 8th January 2018

Close for half term    Friday 9th February 2018 (normal finishing time)

Re-open                      Tuesday 20th February 2018

Close for Easter        Thursday 29th March 20182.00pm


Summer Term

Open                           Wednesday 11th April 2018

Bank Holiday            Monday 7th May 2018 (school closed one day only)

Bank Holiday            Monday 28th May 2018 (school closed one day only)

Close for half term    Friday 1st June 2018 (normal finishing time)

Re-open                      Monday 11th June 2018

Close for Summer     Friday 20th July 2018   2.00pm


The above holidays include teacher training days as follows:

Friday 1st September 2017             Monday 4th September 2017

Thursday 26th October 2017         Monday 6th November 2017

Monday 19th February 2018                       

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to Jun 3

Holidays in Term-Time

Amendments to school attendance regulations


Dear Parent/Carer

Please may I draw your attention to the ‘amendments to school attendance regulations’, that the Department for Education (DfE) has announced surrounding holidays in term time.

From the 1st September 2013, the new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the Head Teacher & Governing Body must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave. Head Teachers would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional. Parents can be fined by the Local Authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.

In the academic year 2011 to 2012, 9.7% of all absences in England were due to parents taking their children out of school during term time. This high level of absence has led the DfE to make this important change to legislation. Unfortunately, as you will have heard in the news, this figure is increasing. This means disruptions for all children within school as well as the child who is returning following an absence.

As a school, we fully appreciate the financial difficulties and constraints that some parents face when booking holidays, particularly during school holidays, however, we are obliged to have such firm policies and the Local Authority will be monitoring all school absences during term time and challenging those schools that do not adhere to the new legislation. This may lead to Penalty Notices being issued to parents if an absence is taken over 10 sessions (5 school days)

I would like to take this further opportunity on behalf of the school to ask you for your full support in this matter by not taking your child out of school during term time.

School has reviewed our policy in discussions with LEA and therefore; If you feel your request for term time absence meets the threshold of ‘exceptional circumstances’ you must currently submit a letter, with a full explanation for the request. This should be made not less than six weeks before the intended departure. This request can only be made by the parent/carer that the child normally resides with.

A response will be sent as soon as possible to the request and you may be required to attend an interview in school. Please accept that having outlined the legalities, the likelihood of term time absence being authorised is extremely rare and the result of any unauthorised absence could now be a fine. The DfE have brought attendance penalty notices into line with other types of penalty notices allowing Local Authorities to act faster on prosecutions.       

I ask that you consider this matter very carefully before making a request for absence during term time. Consistent, regular attendance is a key factor in student achievement and attainment. I am sure you will appreciate that we need to work together to secure the best possible outcomes for your son/daughter.  Further information can be obtained from www.dfe.gov.uk.

Thank you in anticipation of your support with this matter.

Yours faithfully, 

Miss M Haggerty
Head Teacher


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