All pupils are expected to be in school, on time, unless they are too unwell, in which case we expect you to telephone the school to let us know the specific reason for absence, or they have an appointment, for which we expect a copy of the letter or card for the file from the doctor or hospital. We do not condone parents taking their children out of school for term time holidays unless it is an absolute emergency. Any term time absence must be requested before the time is taken on the appropriate form from the school office and the headteacher will decide if the absence will be authorised and inform you in writing. Children will be asked to complete work during this time so they do not fall behind in their learning.
Emergency closure policy
If for any reason we have to close the school as an emergency, a notice will be posted on the website under Newsflash on the right hand side, and a text message will be sent to parents saying the school is closed and referring you to the website. We do not make this decision lightly as we realise how disruptive it is for parents, but if we cannot get enough staff into school because of where they are travelling from, then the decision is made by the headteacher to close, and the Local Authority are informed. This has happened (very infrequently) in the past because of the snow. In the event of a planned strike where we do not have enough staff to cover classes then generally we are able to give you some advance warning. Sometimes the school site itself is unsafe, or unable to be used, for example if the water is cut off or if the heating has failed, I strongly suggest having a contingency plan agreed with friends or family about what to do in the event of a school closure, to help keep disruption to a minimum.
Term dates 2017 to 2018
School terms and holiday dates are shown here for the school year beginning in September 2017.
Term time: Monday 4 September to Wednesday 20 December 2017 (2pm Finish).
Monday 4 September, Tuesday 5 September & Wednesday 20 December – INSET DAY, SCHOOL CLOSED TO PUPILS.
Half-term holiday: Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October 2017.
Christmas Holiday: Thursday 21 December to Monday 1 January 2018.
Term time: Tuesday 2 January to Thursday 29 March 2018 .
Tuesday 2 January & Wednesday 3 January – INSET DAY, SCHOOL CLOSED TO PUPILS.
Half-term holiday: Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February.
Easter Holiday: Friday 30 March to Friday 13 April 2018.
Term time: Monday 16 April to Friday 20 July 2018.
Half-term holiday: Monday 26 May to Friday 1 June 2018.