Term Dates

Important Dates

Click here to download a PDF

2019-2020 Term Dates

Holiday

Breakup

Return

May Day

Friday 8th May 2020

Tuesday 11th May 2020

May Half Term

Friday 22nd May 2020

Monday 1st June 2020

Inset Day

Friday 26th June 2020

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Summer Holidays

Friday 17th July 2020

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

For Term Dates beyond September 2021, please visit the Darlington Borough Council website. Please note, however, that these dates are subject to change.

Holidays in Term Time

Longfield recognises the importance of full attendance and aims to ensure that all pupils achieve and maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality. We are committed to providing a full and efficient educational experience for all pupils and we feel that our parents/carers provide the school with outstanding support.

School is required by law to ensure that absences are recorded accurately.

Permission from the Headteacher must be sought for all absences that occur during term-time. A ‘request for leave of absence’ form must be completed in advance of the absence. This form can be downloaded from here, or you can collect a printed copy from school reception.

Holidays taken in term time can have a very negative impact on a pupil’s education, as well as school’s attendance statistics and examination results. Research has shown that a 10% drop in attendance (equivalent to 19 ½ days in a school year) can mean a one grade drop at GCSE.

Under current regulations, schools cannot authorise any holidays taken in term time unless there are “exceptional circumstances”, deemed “exceptional” by the Headteacher. If the Headteacher decides not to authorise the holiday and he intends to refer to the Local Authority for a Penalty Fine should the holiday go ahead, he will write to the parent/carer warning of his intention.

At Longfield, we appreciate parents/carers who support excellent attendance throughout the school year. Therefore, if permission has been requested in advance and a pupil’s attendance is above 95% just prior to the holiday taking place, school will not refer for a Penalty Fine.  Please note, however, that all holidays taken during the first half term will be subject to a Penalty Fine.

If you have any questions about attendance or would like further information, please contact Mrs Brown, Attendance Manager, on 01325 348149.