Staff Development Days 2018/2019 (students do not attend school on these days):
SDD1 - 3rd September 2018
SDD2 - 7th January 2019
SDD3 - 22nd July 2019
SDD4 - 23rd July 2019
SDD5 - 24th July 2019
Staff Development Days 2019/2020 (students do not attend school on these days):
SDD1 - 3rd September 2019 (Year 7 only - 4th September 2019 - Whole school return - 5th September 2019)
Claimed back day - 20th December 2019 (see below)
SDD2 - 6th January 2020
SDD3 - 20th July 2020
SDD4 - 21st July 2020
SDD5 - 22nd July 2020
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 2019/2020 academic year, school will resume with a Staff Development Day on Tuesday 3rd September with this day being claimed back on Friday, 20th December and the Autumn Term ending on Thursday, 19th December. The other School Development Days are as outlined above.
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.