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Term Dates and Holidays

The pattern broadly follows the BwD term-time pattern and DACA term-time pattern to encourage parents not to take holidays during term-time.

TERM AND HOLIDAY DATES 2023-2024

Autumn Term 2023

Friday 1 September - School closed for Staff Training

Monday 4 September - School closed for Staff Training

Tuesday 5 September - School opens for pupils

Friday 20 October - School closed for National Inset Day

Half term - Monday 23 October – Friday 27 October 2023

Monday 30 October - School re-opens
Friday 22 December - School closes                          

Christmas Holiday - Monday 25 December – Friday 5 January 2024

Monday 8 January - School re-opens

Friday 9 February - School closes

Half term - Monday 12 February - Friday 16 February 2024

Monday 19 February - School closed for National Inset Day

Tuesday 20 February - School re-opens

Thursday 28 March - School closes

Easter Holiday -  Friday 29 March – Friday 12 April 2024

Summer Term 2024

Monday 15 April - School re-opens

Monday 6 May - Bank Holiday

Friday 24 May - School closes

Half term -  Monday 27 May - Friday 31 May 2024

Monday 3 June - School re-opens

           

Friday 19 July - School closes for the summer


Attendance and Holidays During Term Time

 

In order to reach their highest potential, we feel that constant, punctual attendance to school is vital.  Research has proven that even short breaks from school can reduce a pupil’s chances of succeeding by as much as a quarter.  The research is based on extensive pupil absence figures and both GCSE and primary school test results, and it highlights the importance of clamping down on pupil absence to ensure more pupils regularly attend school, and ultimately leave with the qualifications needed to succeed in modern Britain.

 

This research shows where pupils miss up to just 14 days of school are a quarter, they are less likely to achieve the required level or above in reading, writing or maths tests than those with no absence.  The research also highlights the striking differences in achievement between pupils with the best and worst attendance records. It shows:

pupils with the lowest 5% of absence rates were more than 4 times more likely to achieve 5 good GCSEs, including English and maths, and 22 times more likely to achieve the English Baccalaureate, than pupils with the highest 5% of absence rates

pupils with no absence from school were nearly 3 times more likely to achieve 5 A* to C GCSEs, including English and maths, and around 10 times more likely to achieve the English Baccalaureate, than pupils missing 15 to 20% of school across key stage 4

And, most relevant to us, primary school pupils with no absence were around 1.5 times more likely to achieve the expected level of attainment, and 4.5 times more likely to exceed the expected level of attainment, than pupils that missed 15 to 20% of key stage 2

The government’s plan for education includes a number of reforms to encourage good behaviour and attendance in school, including:

 

changing the law so that headteachers only grant leave from school in exceptional circumstances

encouraging schools to tackle the problem of persistent absence earlier by reducing the threshold by which absence is defined as persistent from 20% to 15% from October 2011 - this means schools are held to a higher standard in performance tables than before

making clear teachers can use ‘reasonable force’ to maintain behaviour and extending their searching powers from 2011

 

As a consequence of this, we are unable to authorise any holidays during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

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