Term Dates

Attendance at school

It is well recognised that good, consistent attendance at school is crucial to a child’s future prospects. Reducing absence from school is a priority at Hill Farm as well as at schools locally and nationally.

In September 2013, the Department for Education made changes to the guidance given to headteachers about the authorisation of holidays taken in term time. These changes mean that headteachers are no longer able to authorise any requests for leave of absence in term time unless it is in exceptional circumstances. These occasions are extremely rare.

If you believe you need to take your child out of school for exceptional circumstances, please request this absence using a ‘Request for Absence’ form which can be collected from the school office. In order to be considered, this form must be received by school no later than 10 working days before the absence is planned. The school will then make a decision as to whether the absence will be authorised or not and will inform you of this in writing. If the absence is not authorised and your child is going to be absent from school for more than 5 days, then you risk being issued with a penalty fine of £60 per parent.

If you have any questions relating to leave of absence or attendance in general, please contact school to speak to either Miss Jones (Headteacher), Mrs Page (Deputy Headteacher) or Mrs Hussain (Children and Family Worker).

TERM DATES 2017 – 2018


Wednesday 6th September – Friday 20th October

Monday 30th October – Thursday 21st December


Monday 8th January – Friday 16th February

Monday 26th February – Thursday 29th March


Monday 16th April – Friday 25th May

Monday 4th June – Wednesday 25th July

Monday 7th May – Bank Holiday (SCHOOL CLOSED)

Summer Holiday begins Thursday 26th July