Term Time Dates and Attendance

SCHOOL DAY

  Start of School Day End of School Day
FOUNDATION AND KEY STAGE 1

8:55am

3:15pm

KEY STAGE 2

8:55am 3:20pm

Children should arrive at school at least five minutes before school begins but should not arrive earlier than 8:45am.  No responsibility can be taken for pupils who arrive before this time.  The doors will be opened at 8:50am.

School will close for the summer holidays at 1:15pm on Friday 19th July 2024

2024 - 2025 TERM TIME DATES

Holiday School Closes School Opens
  (Fri 19th Jul 24) Mon 2nd Sep 24
AUTUMN MID TERM CLOSURE Fri 18th Oct 24 Tue 29th Oct 24
AUTUMN TERM CLOSURE Fri 20th Dec 24 at 1:15pm Mon 6th Jan 25
SPRING MID TERM CLOSURE Fri 14th Feb 25 Mon 24th Feb 25
SPRING TERM CLOSURE Fri 4th Apr 25 Tue 22nd Apr 25
MAY DAY Fri 2nd May 25 Tue 6th May 25
SUMMER MID TERM CLOSURE Fri 23rd May 25 Wed 4th June 25
SUMMER TERM CLOSURE Fri 18th Jul 25 at 1:15pm

ATTENDANCE - EVERY DAY MATTERS

Barnoldswick Church of England Primary School recognises the foundation of securing good attendance is that school is a calm, orderly, safe and supportive environment where all pupils want to be and are keen and ready to learn. 

It is the legal responsibility of every parent to make sure their child receives an efficient full-time education either by attendance at a school or by education otherwise than at a school.  Where parents decide to have their child registered at school, they have an additional legal duty to ensure their child attends that school regularly.  This means their child must attend every day that the school is open, except in a small number of allowable circumstances such as being too ill to attend or being given permission for an absence in advance from the school.  This is essential for pupils to get the most out of their school experience, including their attainment, wellbeing and wider life chances.

Requests to take children out of school during term time must be made to the head teacher by completing an absence form available from the school office or using the download link below.  

We follow strict guidelines laid down by the government which means that holidays taken in term time will NOT be authorised.

If a child does take a holiday in term time their attendance record will be marked as unauthorised absence.  If the absence is for five school days or more, we reserve the right to ask the Local Authority to issue a penalty notice.  Please see our attendance policy for further details.

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE LAW REGARDING PENALTY NOTICES FOR

UNAUTHORISED ABSENCE (INCLUDING HOLIDAYS IN TERM TIME) FROM SCHOOL.  THESE NEW GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS WILL COME INTO EFFECT FROM THE 19th of AUGUST 2024

  1. There will be a new national threshold of 10 unauthorised sessions for any reason (equivalent to 5 school days) within a rolling 10 school week period;
  2. The first time this threshold is met, a penalty notice will be issued. The amount of the fine will be £80 (currently £60) per parent, per child if paid within 21 days. If the fine is not paid by the first 21 days, it will rise to £160 (currently £120) if paid within 28 days of being issued. Any non-payment of the Penalty Notice may be referred to the Magistrates Court;
  3. If within three years, the threshold is met for a second time, the fine will automatically be triggered at the higher rate of £160 per parent, per child. There will be no option to pay the lower rate of £80;
  4. If the threshold is met for a third time in a 3-year rolling period, a Penalty Notice will not be issued. Instead, the case will be presented straight to the Magistrates Court under s.444 of the Education Act (1996) where fines of up to £2500 per parent, per child can be ordered.

Lancashire County Council set the holiday framework for schools.  This is published at: http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/schools/school-term-dates-and-holidays.aspx

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