Term dates

Term dates and school times

2019/20 term dates

Summer 2019

(6 weeks)

Friday 19 July 2019

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Autumn half term 2019

(1 week)

Friday 25 October 2019

Monday 4 November 2019

Christmas 2019

(2 weeks)

Friday 20 December 2019

Monday 6 January 2020

Spring half term 2020

(1 week)

Friday 14 February 2020

Monday 24 February 2020

Easter 2020

(2 weeks)

Friday 3 April 2020

Monday 20 April 2020

Summer half term 2020

(1 week)

Friday 22 May 2020

Monday 1 June 2020

Summer 2020

(6 weeks)

Thursday 16 July 2020

To be determined

The Academy will also be closed for training purposes on the following days:

  • Tuesday 3 September 2019
  • Friday 29 November 2019
  • Friday 8 May 2020 (bank holiday)
  • Friday 17 July 2020
  • Monday 20 July 2020

Timing of the school day


Academy opens


Bell rings. Students should make their way to registration or the auditorium on assembly day.


Bell rings to signal the start of morning registration


Late bell


End of registration


Period 1


Period 2

11.00am -11.15am  

Morning break

11.15 - 12.15pm

Period 3

12.15 - 1.00pm

Lunch break 

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Period 4 

2.00pm - 3.00pm  

Period 5


End of school day


Holidays and absences in term time

New Government regulations have made it clear that a school or Academy may not grant any leave of absence from school during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Our duty is to ensure all students have complete access to the education provided and we ask for parental support to ensure this happens.

This means:

  • A parent does not have the right to take a child out of school for a holiday or absence in term time.
  • The school will refuse an application for absence unless parents can demonstrate and prove there are exceptional circumstances relating to the request.
  • Absence from the Academy for any reason has a significant effect on learning and is proven to reduce student grades.
  • If a holiday or an absence is taken when permission has not been granted, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence (truancy) and noted on the student’s record of achievement. The information will be sent to Durham County Council who will consider whether a fine of £60 should be issued. 
  • If a student already has poor attendance and an unauthorised absence is taken, the information may be sent to Durham County Council Attendance Enforcement Team who will consider legal proceedings at a magistrate’s court.

If you have any queries please contact Dawn Temperton, Attendance Officer, on 0191 527 0757.