Term dates

Term dates and school times

2021/22 term dates

Autumn Term 2021

School reopens

School closes

Half term

Thursday 2 September 2021

Friday 17 December 2021

Closes: Thursday 21 October

Reopens: Monday 1 November 2021 

Christmas break: 

  • School closes: Friday 17 December
  • School reopens: Wednesday 5 January 2022


Spring Term 2022

School reopens

School closes

Half term

Wednesday 5 January 2022

Friday 8 April 2022

Closes: Friday 18 February 2022

Reopens: Monday 28 February

Easter break:

  • School closes: Friday 8 April 2022
  • School reopens Monday 25 April 2022


Summer Term 2022

School reopens

School closes

Half term

Monday 25 April 2022

Wednesday 20 July 2022

School closes: Friday 27 May 2022

School reopens: Monday 6 June 2022

School will be closed for bank holiday on Monday 2 May 2022

Summer break: School closes Thursday 21 July 2022

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

  • Wednesday 1 September 2021
  • Friday 22 October 2021
  • Friday 26 November 2021
  • Monday 29 November 2021
  • Tuesday 4 January 2022

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.