Term dates

Term dates and school times

2020/21 term dates

  School closes School reopens

Summer 2020

(6 weeks)

Thursday 16 July 2020

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Autumn half term 2020

(1 week)

Friday 23 October 2020

Monday 2 November 2020

Christmas 2020

(2 weeks)

Friday 18 December 2020

 Monday 4 January 2021

Spring half term 2021

(1 week)

Friday 12 February 2021

Monday 22 February 2021

Easter 2021

(2 weeks)

Friday 26 March 2021

Monday 12 April 2021

Bank holiday  Monday 3 May 2021 Tuesday 4 May 2021

Summer half term 2021

(1 week)

Friday 28 May 2021

Monday 7 June 2021

Summer 2021

(6 weeks)

Thursday 15 July 2021

To be confirmed 

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

  • Tuesday 1 September 2020
  • Friday 27 November 2020
  • Friday 16 July 2021
  • Monday 19 July 2021
  • Tuesday 20 July 2021

2021/22 term dates

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.