2017-18 Term Dates
|Summer Holidays||Friday 21st July 2017||Tuesday 5th September 2017|
|October Half Term||Friday 20st October 2017||Monday 30th October 2017|
|Christmas Holidays||Friday 22nd December 2017||Monday 8th January 2018|
|February Half Term||Friday 9th February 2018||Monday 19th February 2018|
|Easter Holidays||Thursday 29th March 2018||Tuesday 17th April 2018|
|May Day||Friday 4th May 2018||Tuesday 8th May 2018|
|End of Term 3||Friday 25th May 2018||Monday 4th June 2018|
|Closure for INSET DAYS||Friday 6th July 2018||Wednesday 11th July 2018|
|Summer Holidays||Friday 20th July 2018||Tuesday 4th September 2018|
For Term Dates beyond August 2018, please visit the Darlington Borough Council website. Please note, however, that these dates are subject to change.
Requests for Absence during Term Time
Longfield recognises the importance of full attendance and aims to ensure that all pupils achieve and maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality. We are committed to providing a full and efficient educational experience for all pupils and we feel that our parents/carers provide the school with outstanding support.
School is required by law to ensure that absences are recorded accurately.
Permission from the Headteacher must be sought for all absences that occur during term-time. A ‘request for leave of absence’ form must be completed in advance of the absence. This form can be downloaded from here, or you can collect a printed copy from school reception.
Holidays taken in term time can have a very negative impact on a pupil’s education, as well as school’s attendance statistics and examination results. Research has shown that a 10% drop in attendance (equivalent to 19 ½ days in a school year) can mean a one grade drop at GCSE.
Under current regulations, schools cannot authorise any holidays taken in term time unless there are “exceptional circumstances”, deemed “exceptional” by the Headteacher. If the Headteacher decides not to authorise the holiday and he intends to refer to the Local Authority for a Penalty Fine should the holiday go ahead, he will issue a letter to the parent/carer warning of his intention.
At Longfield, we appreciate parents/carers who support excellent attendance throughout the school year. Therefore, if permission has been requested in advance and a pupil’s attendance is above 95% just prior to the holiday taking place, school will not refer for a Penalty Fine.
If you have any questions about attendance or would like further information, please contact Mrs Brown, Attendance Manager, on 01325 348149.