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Term Dates


Click HERE for the 2023/24 Term Dates (including Non-Pupil Days)

Click HERE for the 2024/25 Term Dates (including Non-Pupil Days)


Requests, for taking a holiday during term time, can be only granted under exceptional circumstances. For this, an application form for leave of absence has to be completed and is available from the School Office.



  • A good education helps give your child the best possible start in life 
  • Irregular attendance makes it harder to keep up with work, school life and events  
  • Erratic appearances at after school clubs and social events can affect their feeling of belonging and, for some children, their ability to sustain friendships 
  • They may miss letters home or information in need of a response.

This can affect their ability to feel part of the school community 
Every lesson in school matters and if children are frequently absent it results in gaps in their learning. This may interrupt the continuity of their education and affect their progress. Issues of reliability may also affect them in future employment.
Research has shown that children who are not in school are most vulnerable and are easily drawn into crime or anti-social behaviour. Children who play truant are more likely to offend than those who do not. 



The latest guidance from the Department for Education regarding School Attendance and Absence can be found HERE.