Term Dates

2017-18 Term Dates

HolidayBreak upReturn
Summer HolidaysFriday 21st July 2017Tuesday 5th September 2017
October Half TermFriday 20st October 2017Monday 30th October 2017
Christmas HolidaysFriday 22nd December 2017Monday 8th January 2018
February Half TermFriday 9th February 2018Monday 19th February 2018
Easter HolidaysThursday 29th March 2018Tuesday 17th April 2018
May DayFriday 4th May 2018Tuesday 8th May 2018
End of Term 3Friday 25th May 2018Monday 4th June 2018
Closure for INSET DAYSFriday 6th July 2018 Wednesday 11th July 2018
Summer HolidaysFriday 20th July 2018Tuesday 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.