5 PD Days 2023/24
4th September 2023, 27th October 2023, 3rd January 2024, 22nd & 23rd July 2024
Please visit the Durham County Council website to view or download the school holidays dates for this academic 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
Holidays pertinent to the school are included in newsletters and the School Brochure.
School 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.
It is well documented that a child’s school attendance has a significant impact on their overall achievement and gives them the best chance of reaching their full potential. Our attendance target for children is 96% or above over each academic year.
In line with the Attendance toolkit published by Durham Local Authority, each year we track attendance of all children in school. If your child’s attendance falls below 96% at any point in the school year you may receive a phone call from Mrs Graham / Mrs Richardson to discuss our concerns and offer any support or advice to improve overall attendance. If your child’s attendance still does not improve, you will be invited into school to meet with Mrs Graham. During this meeting concerns about the impact of poor attendance will be discussed and an action plan drawn up with you to agree targets to improve this.
The final stage in this process would be consideration of a referral to the Local Authority and this may result in enforcement action and a financial penalty.
A weekly attendance celebration is carried out during assembly where the class with the highest percentage attendance are awarded the attendance trophy and also given a trophy on the attendance leader board display. At the end of the school year the winning class receive a treat.
Individual children with 100% attendance each term will receive a small prize and a special prize is awarded to individual children with 100% attendance for the whole year.
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