ST GILES’ TERMS AND HOLIDAY DATES
AUTUMN TERM 2023
School Opens Tuesday, 5th September 2023
Half Term Monday, 30th October 2023 to
Friday, 3rd November 2023 incl.
School Closes Friday, 22nd December 2023
SPRING TERM 2024
School Opens Monday, 8th January 2024
Half Term Monday, 12th February 2024 to
Friday, 16th February 2024 inc.
School Closes Friday, 22nd March 2024
SUMMER TERM 2024
School Opens Monday, 8th April 2024
Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May 2024
Half Term Monday, 27th May 2024 to
Friday, 31st May 2024 inc.
School Closes Friday, 19th July 2024
Inset days for Staff only – school closed to pupils
Monday, 4th September 2023
Wednesday, 4th October 2023
Friday, 1st December 2023
Thursday, 25th January 2024
Monday, 22nd July 2024
Every Day Counts!
90% attendance = ½ day missed every week
80% attendance = 1 day missed every week
1 school year at 90% attendance = 4 whole weeks of lessons missed
1 school year at 80% attendance = 8 whole weeks of lessons missed
90% attendance over 5 years = ½ a school year missed!
80% attendance over 5 years = 1 whole school year missed!
The BETTER the attendance, the GREATER the achievement!
The Local Authority have set us a target of 97% attendance across our school.
Important Changes to Attendance Procedures for Issuing Penalty Notices for Unauthorised Absence
You may recall that the Department for Education (DfE) have introduced changes to the law regarding parents taking their children out of school during term time. It is illegal for headteachers to grant any leave of absence during term time unless in exceptional circumstances.
Penalty notices ranging from £60 to £120 can be issued to parents by the LEA.
There have been some very recent changes in the Local Authorities’ Code of Conduct
Penalty Notice for leave of absence (holiday) in term time
From 1st January 2018 any period of unauthorised leave may result in you as a parent receiving a penalty notice fine. Your head teacher will continue to be the only person able to authorise leave in term time, but this will apply only in exceptional circumstances. Any unauthorised absence will be referred by your head teacher to the local authority.
Penalty Notice for Persistent Lateness
Previously a pupil had to achieve 20 unauthorised late marks before a penalty notice warning could be issued. This has now changed to 10 marks, and late marks do not have to be one after the other in order for the penalty notice to be issued. You are therefore encouraged where possible to ensure your child attends school on time. However, if your child is late you must inform the school of the reason(s) why, as they may be able to offer you some form of advice or support.
Period of time used to measure persistent absence or lateness
If your child has had 10 days unauthorised absence or is late 10 times over a twelve week period, you may receive a penalty warning notice and also potentially a fine.
These changes have been implemented to help promote and support good attendance to school. Further details and a copy of the revised Code of Conduct for issuing Penalty Notices can be obtained from the council's website www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education.
St Giles' is obliged to follow these new procedures. It is extremely important that your child’s education programme is not disrupted by unauthorised absence. Only in exceptional circumstances can the Principal grant any leave of absence.
Thank you for your support.