John Stainer

Attendance and Absence requests

All pupils are expected to be in school, on time, unless they are too unwell, in which case we expect you to telephone the school to let us know the specific reason for absence, or they have an appointment, for which we expect a copy of the letter or card for the file from the doctor or hospital. We do not condone parents taking their children out of school for term time holidays unless it is an absolute emergency. Any term time absence must be requested before the time is taken on the appropriate form from the school office and the headteacher will decide if the absence will be authorised and inform you in writing of the decision.

Absence Request form 

Attendance Policy

Each week the class attendance is looked at, and whichever is the highest wins the Viv William Attendance Cup to have in their class for the week! Viv was a teaching assistant who worked in the school and in over 30 years she never even had ONE day of absence!

Emergency closure policy

If for any reason we have to close the school as am emergency, a notice will be posted on the website under News, and a message will be left on the school answer machine saying the school is closed and referring you to the website. We do not make this decision lightly as we realise how disruptive it is for parents, but if we cannot get enough staff into school because of where they are travelling from, then the decision is made by the headteacher to close, and the Local Authority are informed. This has happened (very infrequently) in the past because of the snow. In the event of a planned strike where we do not have enough staff to cover classes then generally we are able to give you some advance warning. Sometimes the school site itself is unsafe, or unable to be used, for example if the water is cut off or if the heating has failed. We strongly suggest having a contingency plan agreed with friends or family about what to do in the event of a school closure, to help keep disruption to a minimum.

Term Dates 2021-2022

Autumn term 2021

  • School starts - Wednesday 1 September to Friday 22 October 

    (INSET Day 1 - Wednesday 1 September - school closed to children)

    (INSET Day 2 - Monday 4 October - school closed to children)

  • Half term: Monday 25 October to Friday 29 October

  • School starts - Monday 1 November to Friday 16 December 

    School finishes - Friday 16th December 2021 at 1:30 pm

Spring term 2022

  • School starts - Tuesday 4 January to Friday 11 February 

    (INSET Day 3 - Tuesday 4 January - school closed to children)

  • Half term: Monday 14 February to Friday 18 February

  • School starts - Monday 21 February to Friday 1 April at 1:30 

    (INSET Day 4 - Friday 18 March - school closed to children)

    Easter Holidays - Mon 4 April to Mon 18 April 

Summer term 2022

  • School starts - Tue 19 April to Friday 27 May 

    (the early May bank holiday will be taken on 2 May)

    Half term: Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June

  • School starts - Monday 6 June to Friday 22 July 

    (INSET Day 5 - Monday 27 June - school closed to children)

    School Finishes - Friday 22nd July at 1.30 pm

Total: 195 

Public holidays

    • Christmas Day: Saturday 25 December 2021 (Monday 27 December substitute day)

    • Boxing Day: Sunday 26 December 2021 (Tuesday 28 December substitute day)

    • New Year’s Day: Saturday 1 January 2022 (Monday 3 January substitute day)

    • Good Friday: Friday 15 April 2022

    • Easter Monday: Monday 18 April 2022

    • Early May bank holiday: Monday 2 May 2022

    • Spring bank holiday: Monday 30 May 2022

    • Summer bank holiday: Monday 29 August 2022

Term Dates 2022-2023

Autumn term

  • Thursday 1 September to Friday 21 October 
  • INSET DAYs 1 and 2 Thursday 1st September and Friday 2nd September - school closed to children (the children return to school on Monday 5th September 2022)
  • Half term: Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October
  • Monday 31st October to Friday 16th December (school closes at 1:30)
  • Christmas holiday 19th December to 2nd January 

Spring term

  • Tuesday 3rd January to Friday 10th February 
  • INSET DAY 3 Tuesday 3rd January - school closed to children
  • Half term: Monday 13th February to Friday 17th February
  • Monday 20th February to Friday 31st March
  • Easter Break 3rd April to 14th April 
  • INSET DAY 4 Monday 20th March - school closed to children

Summer term

  • Monday 17th April to Friday 26th May (the early May bank holiday will be taken on 1st May)
  • INSET DAY 5 4th May School closed to children 
  • 8th May - Bank Holiday (The King's Coronation) School closed to children 
  • Half term: Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June
  • Monday 5th June to Friday 21st July (the spring bank holiday will be taken on 29th May)


Total: 195 

Public holidays 

  • Christmas Day: Sunday 25 December 2022 (Tuesday 27 December substitute day)
  • Boxing Day: Monday 26 December 2022
  • New Year’s Day: Sunday 1 January 2023 (Monday 2 January substitute day)
  • Good Friday: Friday 7 April 2023
  • Easter Monday: Monday 10 April 2023
  • Early May bank holiday: Monday 1 May 2023
  • Spring bank holiday: Monday 29 May 2023
  • Summer bank holiday: Monday 28 August 2023

Term Dates 2023–2024

1 INSET Day is yet to be confirmed.

Autumn term

  • Autumn 1 - Monday 4 September to Friday 20 October (35 days)

    INSET Day 1 and 2 - Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th September (School closed to children)

    Children return on Wednesday 6th September 2023

  • Half term: Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October

  • Autumn 2 - Monday 30 October to Wednesday 20 December - School closes at 1:30 (38 days)

    INSET Day 3 Monday 30th October 

Spring term

  • Spring 1 - Monday 8 January to Friday 9 February (25 days)

  • Half term: Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February

  • Spring 2 - Monday 19 February to Thursday 28 March (29 days) School closes at 1:30

Summer term

  • Summer 1 - Monday 15 April to Friday 24 May (29 days) (the early May bank holiday will be taken on 6 May)

  • Half term: Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May

  • Summer 2 - Monday 3 June to Thursday 25 July (39 days) (the spring bank holiday will be taken on 27 May)

    INSET Day 4 Thursday 25th July School closed to children. The last day for children is Wednesday 23rd July. School closes at 1:30.

    INSET Day 5 TBC

Total: 195 


Public holidays 

  • Christmas Day: Monday 25 December 2023

  • Boxing Day: Tuesday 26 December 2023

  • New Year’s Day: Monday 1 January 2024

  • Good Friday: Friday 29 March 2024

  • Easter Monday: Monday 1 April 2024

  • Early May bank holiday: Monday 6 May 2024

  • Spring bank holiday: Monday 27 May 2024

  • Summer bank holiday: Monday 26 August 2024

    This page was last updated on 6th September 2023