Term Dates

School Term and Holiday Dates 2021-2022

Autumn Term

Friday 3rd September: Year 3s return to school

Monday 6th September: All year groups return to school

Friday 3rd September 2021 – Friday, 17th December 2021
Half Term: Monday 25th October 2021-Friday 29th October 2021

Non-Pupil Days: Wednesday 1st September 2021, Thursday 2nd September 2021 and Friday 22nd October 2021
Bank Holidays: Saturday 25th, Monday 27th and Thursday 28th December 2021

Spring Term

Tuesday 4th January 2022 to Thursday 31st March 2022
Half Term: Monday 14th February 2022 – Friday 18th February 2022

Non-Pupil Days: Monday 21st February 2022 and Friday 1st April 2022
Bank Holidays: Monday 3rd January 2022, Friday 15th and Monday 18th April 2022

Summer Term

Tuesday 19th April 2021 to Friday 22nd July 2022
Half Term: Monday, 30th May-Friday, 3rd June 2022

Non-Pupil Days: Monday 6th June 2022
Bank Holidays: Monday 2nd May 2022, Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June 2022

Additional School Holiday: Friday 1st July 2022

Please note: The above dates may vary for individual schools, especially Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools and Academies. You are strongly advised to check with your child’s school before making any holiday or other commitments.

Requests for Pupil Leave of Absence

Leave of absence may only be granted by a person authorised in that behalf by the proprietor of the school. As of 1st September 2013, the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 amended Regulation 7 to prohibit the proprietor of a maintained school from granting leave of absence to a pupil, except where an advance application has been made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides, and the proprietor considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.

Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress.

10 days absence = 94.7% attendance in the year.

10 days absence = 50 hours education missed.

There is no entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time, however, you may apply to the school for leave of absence if you believe there are exceptional circumstances.  A term-time holiday will only be authorised by the school if they believe there are special circumstances which warrant it (The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2013).

If the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken, the case will be referred to the Missing Education and Child Employment Service who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school.

Persistent Absenteeism – Changes from September 2015

Please note that the Missing Education and Child Employment Service (formerly Education Welfare Service) now have the power to issue fines to any parent/carer whose child’s attendance falls below 90%.  For more information visit here.

Application for Leave of Absence for Term Time Holiday

To apply for Leave of Absence during term time, you will need to download and complete a form.


Returning the form

You have three options to return the form:

a) Print, complete, sign and post to:

The Attendance Officer
Alton Park Junior School,
Alton Park Road, Clacton-on-Sea,
Essex CO15 1DL

b) Print, complete, sign and hand in at the School Office , marked ‘FAO The Attendance Officer’

c) Download, edit in Word, Save and email back to The Attendance Officer