Term Dates



September 2019 – July 2021

Autumn Term 2019

Non-pupil day                                        Monday 2nd  September 2019

Autumn Term commences                    Tuesday 3rd September 2019

School closes for half term                    Friday 18th October 2019

Non-pupil day                                        Monday 28th October 2019

School opens after half term                 Tuesday 29th October 2019

School closes for Christmas                  Friday 20th December 2019


Spring Term 2020

Spring Term commences                       Monday 6th January 2020

School closes for half term                     Friday 14th February 2020

School opens after half term                  Monday 24th February 2020

School closes for Easter                        Friday 27th March 2020


Summer Term 2020

Summer Term commences                   Tuesday 14th April 2020

May Day                                               Friday 8th May 2020 (Please note change of date/day)

School closes for half term                    Friday 22nd May 2020

School opens after half term                 Monday 1st June 2020

Non-pupil day                                        Monday 15th June 2020

School closes for Summer                    Friday 17th July 2020


Autumn Term 2020

Non-pupil days                                      Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September 2020

Autumn Term commences                    Monday 7th September 2020

School closes for half term                    Friday 23rd October 2020

Non-pupil day                                        Monday 2nd November 2020

School opens after half term                 Tuesday 3rd November 2020

School closes for Christmas                  Friday 18th December 2020


Spring Term 2021

Spring Term commences                      Monday 4th January 2021

School closes for half term                   Thursday 11th February 2021

Non-pupil day                                        Friday 12th February 2021

School opens after half term                 Monday 22nd February 2021

School closes for Easter                       Thursday 1st April 2021


Summer Term 2021

Summer Term commences                  Monday 19th April 2021

May Day                                               Monday 3rd   May 2021

School closes for half term                   Friday 28th May 2021

Non-pupil day                                       Monday 7th June 2021

School opens after half term                Tuesday 8th June 2021

School closes for Summer                   Friday 23rd July 2021



Shiphay Learning Academy Local Governing Body may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Governing Body can also decide the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted. Further details can be found in the school’s Attendance Policy, found on the school website


If a request is made for an absence in term time, you must have Parental Responsibility and be the parent with whom the child normally lives. Permission must be sought in advance by completing an Absence Request form. If you do not have Parental Responsibility and/or do not normally live with the child, you must seek the consent of the parent who does and that person should complete the Absence Request form.


Authorisation for term-time absence must be sought before booking a holiday in term-time.  Absence will not be authorised for applications:


During September; this is to allow the children to settle into their new class and establish relationships and routines.  Pupils who are absent during this period sometimes never settle back in and have a less than successful year as a result.

During May for Year 2.  This is when SATs tasks are undertaken.

During March, April and May (until after SATs are completed) for Year 6 to allow for revision and preparation.  We do not spend the year preparing but give intensive support.

During May and June for Year 1 due to the statutory Phonics Screening Check and also for Year 2 pupils who did not attain the threshold in Year 1 who will be required to retake the test in June.

Where attendance is low; below 90% where attendance is subject to improvement targets.


Please note: If the school refuses your request and the child is still taken out of school, this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. If a child has 10 or more sessions of unauthorised absences (one school day is made up of two sessions) within any six month period, parents will be liable to receive a Penalty Notice of £60 per parent/carer, per child if paid in full within 21 days or £120 if paid in full after this time but within 28 days. Part or late payments cannot be accepted and there is no legal right to appeal the Penalty Notice once it has been issued.  If a Penalty Notice goes unpaid, this is likely to result in Court proceedings being instigated for an offence of failing to ensure regular school attendance contrary to section 444 Education Act 1996.