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School Holidays

This is our School Holiday List  including all training days for this academic year and the next one.

 

Please visit the Durham County Council website to view or download the lists for this year and next year for all community schools, special schools and voluntary controlled schools. Please note that voluntary aided (church) schools, foundation schools and academies may have set different dates and you should check with the school or academy to confirm their arrangements or view the PDF for schools not following the standard term and holiday dates.

School Attendance

Good attendance is vital.

Why we think this is important

  • Good learning and success is dependent on good attendance.
  • Every lesson missed makes it harder for your child to understand and enjoy their learning.
  • Children who attend regularly are happier at school. They feel more secure with their learning and their work.
  • Lateness damages learning. The first 5 minutes of a lesson are vital. This is when the learning objective of the lesson is explained.
  • Lateness affects everyone, especially those who arrive on time. Children who arrive late break the concentration of the whole class.

Head teachers are no longer able to grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The school will consider each request of absence individually; taking into account the circumstances, such as; the nature of the event for which leave is sought, the pupil’s prior attendance.  Please request an application form from school.  Unauthorised leave may result in a warning or Fixed Penalty Notice (fine).

More information can be found in our Attendance Leaflet which can be downloaded. It can also be found in your child’s 2017 – 2018 planner.

Following LA Guidance, to address the Government’s agenda on attendance, we will issue letters outlining attendance concerns for any pupil who does not reach 92% attendance in a term.

This includes absence due to holiday in term time.  Children who achieve 95%+ or 100% will receive text messages home.  Children who achieve 100% attendance for a whole year will receive a lapel badge.

Holidays During Term Time

The Government has amended regulations for taking holidays in term time and these new regulations come into effect from September 2013.

Head teachers have the discretion to grant leave, but they should only do so in exceptional circumstances. If a head teacher grants a leave request, it will be for them to determine the length of time that the child can be away from school. This leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the purposes of a family holiday.

Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.

Please contact the school if you wish to discuss this with the Headteacher.

Holiday Form

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