SchoolTerm Dates

The latest School Terms & Holiday lists are sent out twice a year and paper copies are available from the office.


TERM 3: 2016/2017

Wednesday 4th January 2017 until Friday 10th February 2017


TERM 4: 2016/2017

Monday 20th February 2017 until Friday 31st March 2017


TERM 5: 2016/2017

Tuesday 18th April 2017 until Friday 26th May 2017


TERM 6: 2016/2017

Monday 5th June 2017 until Wednesday 19th July 2017


TERM 1: 2017/2018

Tuesday 5th September 2017 until Friday 20th October 2017


TERM 2: 2017/2018

Tuesday 31st October until Tuesday 19th December 2017


TERM 3: 2017/2018

Wednesday 3rd January 2018 until Friday 9th Febuary 2018


TERM 4: 2017/2018

Monday 19th Febuary 2018 until Wednesday 28th March 2018

TERM 5: 2017/2018

Monday 16th April 2018 until Friday 25th May 2018

TERM 6: 2017/2018

Monday 4th June 2018 until Wednesday 20th July 2018


Staff Training Days

*To be updated*



Why regular attendance is important?

Alford Primary School works closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential. Once your child is registered at School, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If you child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted. You need to think about the negative impact upon the following:

- their learning;
- their friendships;
- their self-esteem and confidence.

Alford Primary School monitors the attendance of every child in School and in partnership with Emma Shepherd, our School Education Welfare Officer, we will work and support those children and their families who are not attending School without sufficient reason. 90% attendance sounds good, but it means that your child misses:

- one half day each week;
- nearly four weeks every School year;
- over one School year in a School career.

As you will see below, attendance figures are moving in a positive direction, reflecting our relentless drive to ensure that children attend School regularly. Our 2015 figures where looking really positive until we had a spated of sickness later in the year.

94.7% attendance in 2012

94.9% attendance in 2013

96% attendance in 2014

95.8% attendance in 2015


Holidays in term time

The law states that parents do not have the automatic right to take their child out of School for holidays during term time.

All Schools have received clarification from the Department of Education about children taking holidays during term time. As of September 2013, Headteachers are not be able to authorise any holiday requests during school time.

If there are exceptional reasons (not holidays) for parents taking their children out of school, a meeting must be arranged with the Headteacher in order to discuss this. The Headteacher can then seek advice from the DfE.


For more information about attendance please read our Attendance Policy or if you need help or support with your child's attendance please do not hesistate to contact our Headteacher or Learning Support Mentor, Karen Hickinbottom.