Term Holidays

Staff Development Days 2020/2021 (students do not attend school on these days):

SDD1 - 2nd September 2020 (3rd September - Year 7 only) (4th September - Years 7 and 11 only) (7th September - All students return)

Claimed back day - 18th December 2020 (see below)

SDD2 - 4th January 2021

SDD3 - 21st July 2021

SDD4 - 22nd July 2021

SDD5 - 23rd July 2021

It is a statutory requirement for schools to be open for 195 days during an academic year. 5 of these days are designated as Staff Development/Training Days. For the 2020/2021 academic year, school will resume with a Staff Development Day on Wednesday 2nd September with this day being claimed back on Friday, 18th December and the Autumn Term ending on Thursday, 17th December. The other School Development Days are as outlined above.


Staff Development Days 2021/2022 (students do not attend school on these days apart from Year 7 on the 3rd September 2021):

SDD1 - 1st September 2021

SDD2 - 2nd September 2021

SDD3 - 3rd September 2021 - YEAR 7's FIRST DAY OF TERM



24th September 2021 - 10AM START FOR ALL STUDENTS

SDD4 - 22nd October 2021

SDD5 - 22nd July 2022

Requests for 'leave of absence' during term time should be sent in to your child's Head of Year using this form: Leave of absence request form

All parent/carers will understand that regular attendance at school is necessary for children to make good progress with their education and, in order to support the school with its ‘Commitment to Success for All’, it is expected that family holidays will be arranged during official school holiday periods. Leave of absence will not be granted for family holidays during term time. Any unauthorised holiday will result in a penalty notice with an associated fine.

Requests for ‘Leave of Absence’ for students may be made on the understanding that:-

  • There are compassionate circumstances surrounding the absence. If these compassionate circumstances are not outlined in detail then leave of absence will not be granted.

  • Students will not miss any school/GCSE examinations.

  • In accordance to the amendments which came into effect on the 1st September 2013, guidelines make it clear that Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘Exceptional Circumstances’.

  • The request is made at least 14 days before the start of the proposed absence.