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Term dates, school timetable and key dates

The Academy day

Time Lesson Time Allocation
08:35 - 08:50 Form 15 minutes
08:50 - 09:50 1 1 hour
09:50 - 10:50 2 1 hour
10:50 - 11:10 Break 20 minutes
11:10 - 12:10 3 1 hour

12:10 - 12:50

12:50 - 13:50

Lunch

4

40 minutes

1 hour

12:10 - 13:10

13:10 - 13:50

4

Lunch

1 hour

40 minutes

13:50 - 14:50 5 1 hour

Autumn term 2020

School holidays 2020/2021

Starts

Ends

Half term

Wednesday 2 September - *Years 7 and 12 only*

Friday 18 December

26 Oct – 30 Oct

Thursday 3 September - *All year groups* Friday 18 December 26 Oct – 30 Oct
Spring term 2021

Starts

Ends

Half term

Monday 4 January

Friday 26 March

15-19 February

Summer term 2021

Starts

Ends

Half term

Monday 12 April

Friday 16 July

31 May – 4 June

Please note that school will also be closed on the following days:

  • Tuesday 1 September 2020
  • Friday 23 October 2020  
  • Friday 27 November 2020
  • Monday 3 May (Bank Holiday)
  • Monday 19 July 2021
  • Tuesday 20 July 2021

Holidays and absences in term time

New Government regulations have made it clear that a school or academy may not grant any leave of absence from school during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Our duty is to ensure all students have complete access to the education provided and we ask for parental support to ensure this happens.

This means:

  • A parent does not have the right to take a child out of school for a holiday or absence in term time.
  • The school will refuse an application for absence unless parents can demonstrate and prove there are exceptional circumstances relating to the request.
  • Absence from the Academy for any reason has a significant effect on learning and is proven to reduce student grades.
  • If a holiday or an absence is taken when permission has not been granted, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence (truancy) and noted on the student’s record of achievement. The information will be sent to Durham County Council who will consider whether a fine of £60 should be issued. 
  • If a student already has poor attendance and an unauthorised absence is taken, the information may be sent to Durham County Council Attendance Enforcement Team who will consider legal proceedings at a magistrate’s court.