Term dates

Term dates and school times

2023/24 term dates


Autumn Term 2023

School reopens

School closes (Last day of school)

Half term

Tuesday 5 September 2023

Wednesday 20 December 2023

Closes: Thursday 26 October 2023

Reopens: Monday 6 November 2023

Christmas break: 

  • School closes: Wednesday 20 December 2023
  • School reopens: Monday 8 January 2024

Spring Term 2024

School reopens

School closes

Half term

Monday 8 January 2024

Thursday 28 March 2024

Closes: Friday 16 February 2024

Reopens: Monday 26 February 2024

Easter break:

  • School closes: Thursday 28 March 2024
  • School reopens Monday 15 April 2024

Summer Term 2024

School reopens

School closes

Half term

Monday 15 April 2024

Tuesday 23 July 2024

School closes: Friday 24 May 2024

School reopens: Monday 3 June 2024

School will be closed for bank holiday on Monday 6 May 2024. 

Summer break: School closes Tuesday 23 July 2024

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

  • 4th September 2023
  • 27th October 2023
  • 27th November 2023
  • 4th January 2024
  • 5th January 2024

2024/25 term dates

Autumn Term 2024

School reopens

School closes (last day of school)

Half term

Thursday 5 September 2024

Friday 20 December 2024

School closes: Friday 25 October 2024

School reopens:

Monday 4 November 2024

Christmas break: 

  • School closes: Friday 20 December 2024
  • School reopens: Monday 6 January 2025

Spring Term 2025

School reopens

School closes

Half term

Monday 6 January 2025

Friday 11 April 2025

School closes: Friday 21 February 2025

School reopens: Monday 3 March 2025

Easter break:

  • School closes: Friday 11 April 2025
  • School reopens: Monday 28 April 2025

Summer Term 2025

School reopens

School closes

Half term

Monday 28 April 2025

Friday 18 July 2025

School closes: Friday 23 May 2025

School reopens: Monday 2 June 2025

School will be closed for the bank holiday on Monday 5 May 2025

Summer break: Friday 18 July 2025

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

  • Wednesday 4 September 2024
  • Friday 29 November 2024
  • Monday 23 December 2024
  • Monday 24 February 2025
  • Monday 14 April 2025

Timing of the school day

Monday Tuesday- Friday  


Academy opens



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



Late bell

8:40-9:30am    World Ready Lesson


Period 1



Period 2


11.05am -11.20am  

Morning break


11.20 - 12.20pm

Period 3


12.20- 1.10pm

Lunch break 


1.10pm - 2.10pm

Period 4 


2.10pm - 3.10pm  

Period 5



End of school day

The Academy is open for 32.5 hours per week to students. 

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.