2019-20 Term Dates
(Staff training day - Monday 3rd September)
|Friday 19th July 2019||Wednesday 4th September 2019|
|October Half Term|
(Staff training day - Monday 4th November 2019)
|Friday 25th October 2019||Tuesday 5th November 2018|
|Christmas Holidays||Friday 20st December 2019||Monday 6th January 2020|
|February Half Term||Friday 14th February 2020||Monday 24th February 2020|
|Easter Holidays||Friday 3rd April 2020||Tuesday 20th April 2020|
|May Day||Friday 7th May 2020||Tuesday 11th May 2020|
|May Half Term|
(Staff training day - Monday 1st July)
|Friday 22nd May 2020||Monday 1st June 2020|
(Staff training day - Monday 29th June 2020)
|Friday 26th June 2020||Tuesday 30th 2020|
(Staff training day - Tuesday 1st September)
|Friday 17th July 2020||Wednesday 2nd September 2020|
For Term Dates beyond September 2021, 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 write 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. Please note, however, that all holidays taken during the first half term will be subject to a Penalty Fine.
If you have any questions about attendance or would like further information, please contact Mrs Brown, Attendance Manager, on 01325 348149.