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Term dates and school times

School times

Start time 8.50am
Lessons start 8.55am
Years 3 and 4 lunch 11.30pm -12.30pm
Years 5 and 6 lunch 12.30pm - 1.30pm
School finishes 3.15pm
After schools clubs From 3.15pm

2017/18 term dates

 
Date closed
Date reopen for teaching

Summer 2017

(6 weeks)

Friday 21 July 2017

Monday 4 September 2017

Autumn half term 2017

(1 week)

Friday 20 October 2017

Monday 30 October 2017

Christmas 2017

(2 weeks)

Friday 22 December 2017

Tuesday 9 January 2018

Spring half term 2018

(1 week)

Friday 9 February 2018

Monday 19 February 2018

Easter 2018

(2 weeks)

Thursday 29 March 2018

Monday 16 April 2018

Summer half term 2018

(1 week)

Friday 25 May 2018

Monday 4 June 2018

Summer 2018

(6 weeks)

Friday 20 July 2018

TBC

Diamond Hall Junior Academy will also be closed for training purposes on the following days:

  • 8 January 2018

Holidays and absences in term time

New Government regulations have made it clear that a school or Academy may not grant any leave of absence from school during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Our duty is to ensure all students have complete access to the education provided and we ask for parental support to ensure this happens.

This means:

  • A parent does not have the right to take a child out of school for a holiday or absence in term time.
  • The school will refuse an application for absence unless parents can demonstrate and prove there are exceptional circumstances relating to the request.
  • Absence from school for any reason has a significant effect on learning and is proven to reduce student grades.
  • If a holiday or an absence is taken when permission has not been granted, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence (truancy) and noted on the student’s record of achievement. The information will be sent to Sunderland City Council who will consider whether a fine of £60 should be issued. 
  • If a student already has poor attendance and an unauthorised absence is taken, the information may be sent to Sunderland City Council Attendance Enforcement Team who will consider legal proceedings at a magistrate’s court.

If you have any queries please contact Mrs L Kidd or Mrs J Hannah, Office Administrators, on 0191 5537630.