Term Dates

Important Dates

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2019-2020 Term Dates




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

2020-2021 Term Dates




Summer 2020

Friday 17th July 2020

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

End of Term 1
October 2020

Friday 23rd October 2020

Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Christmas 2020

Thursday 17th December 2020

Monday 4th January 2021

End of Term 2
February 2021

Friday 12th February 2021

Monday 22nd February 2021

Easter 2021

Friday 26th March 2021

Monday 12th April 2021

May Day 2021

Friday 30th April 2021

Tuesday 4th May 2021

End of Term 3
May 2021

Friday 28th May 2021

Monday 7th June 2021

Inset Day

Friday 25th June 2021

Tuesday 29th June 2021

Summer 2021

Friday 16th July 2021

Thursday 2nd September 2021

Staff Training Dates


  • Tuesday 1st September 2020
  • Monday 2nd November 2020
  • Monday 28th June 2021
  • Wednesday 1st September 2021

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.