Our school holiday dates are listed in the document below:
Please visit the Durham County Council website to view or download the school holidays dates for this academic year and next year for all community schools, special schools and voluntary controlled schools. Please note that voluntary aided (church) schools, foundation schools and academies may have set different dates and you should check with the school or academy to confirm their arrangements or view the PDF for schools not following the standard term and holiday dates.
Attendance and holidays during term time
Good attendance is vital if children are to make good progress with their learning. It is therefore very important to ensure that all unnecessary absences are eliminated. Parents are requested to inform school on the first day of a child’s absence. Failure to do this by 9.05am will result in a follow-up text message/telephone call by school. This procedure ensures that we know the whereabouts of all the children in our care. The children’s safety is our primary concern and we hope parents will co-operate with this request.
The DfE amended the regulations relating to attendance for all schools in September 2013. Headteachers have the discretion to grant leave, but they should only do so in exceptional circumstances. If a headteacher grants a leave request, it will be for them to determine the length of time that the child can be away from school. This leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the purposes of a family holiday. The Local Authority is able to issue penalty notices (fines) to parents who fail to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school. An absence request form must be completed for any proposed absence during term time (including family holidays).
Please contact the school if you wish to discuss this with the Headteacher.
Medical issues and first aid
We do appreciate the difficulty of arranging medical and dental appointments, but, if at all possible, please arrange non-urgent appointments outside of school times. In cases where children have an important medical or dental appointment during school hours parents must inform school. If children have to leave school during normal school hours then an adult must come to collect them and sign them out. Children will not be permitted to leave school unaccompanied between 9.00am and 3.15pm.
Minor injuries will be dealt with in school by a member of staff who is first aid trained. In cases of more serious injury or illness parents will be contacted immediately.
Parents are asked to complete a school medicine consent form if their child needs prescribed medicine during the school day. We are not able to administer non-prescribed medicines or medicines which are only prescribed three times per day.
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