Term Times/Dates : 2017-18
5 Staff Training Days (INSET) - SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED TO PUPILS
Monday 4th September 2017
Monday 6th November 2017
Monday 8th January 2018
Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th July 2018
Term Dates for 2018-19 are at the bottom of this page
'Leave of Absence' form is available at the bottom of this page
From the 1st of September 2013, Headteachers in all schools will only be allowed to grant ‘leave of absence’ (time off during term time) for ‘exceptional circumstances only’. The Department for Education state that family holidays are not ‘exceptional circumstances’. In exceptional circumstances only, the Headteacher may grant leave of absence during the school year. All such cases should be discussed with the Headteacher.
From September 2013 schools across Cheshire West & Chester will adopt standardised holidays - details are here.
EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES FOR ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
The following are all at the Headteacher’s discretion:
- The parent has leave from the Armed Forces (Services)
- Family Crisis (e.g. adoption; bereavement; additional medical needs)
- Religious Observance by the religious body to which the parents belong
- Participation in a supervised sporting activity approved by the school
- Non routine medical or dental appointments (routine appointments to be made outside of school hours)
- Modelling or special stage performances (as long as it can be proved that the education of the child does not suffer)
A summary of the changes made in September 2013 are:
All terms to start on a Monday (or a Tuesday if necessitated by a bank holiday).
October half term to always be the last full week of October.
A break covering Christmas and the New Year period.
February half term will always be the third full week in February.
Easter break will be renamed the Spring break and will always be the first two full weeks in April.
Easter will always be observed via the bank holidays for Good Friday and Easter Monday.
Whitsun half term break will be one week across all primary, secondary and special schools.
Where a school is open for part of a week to pupils, this will be for a minimum of three school days (to encourage attendance).
The five ‘inset' teacher training days are all to be designated by the individual school governing body, but there will be no more than two days (in any one term) set consecutively for this purpose.