Term dates and attendance

School 2019/20 term dates

 School opens Autumn term 2019  School closes
Wednesday 4th September   Friday 18th October
Half term
Monday 28th October Friday 20th December
Spring term 2020
Monday 6th January   Friday 7th February
Half term
Monday 17th February   Friday 27th March
Summer term 2020
Tuesday 14th April Friday 22nd May
Half term 
Monday 8th June Thursday 23rd July

*The school will also be closed on Friday 8th May (Bank holiday)

No holidays in school time will be authorised  – Please see here for full information


Please remember to telephone the office before 8.45am if your child is absent from school so we can record the reason, otherwise the absence will be classed as unauthorised. If you telephone school it enables us to make sure that children who walk to school alone are absent with their parents’ permission.If we do not receive a message we will contact parents either by telephone or text.

Holidays in term time 

Holiday or days off in school time are not permitted except in exceptional circumstances.  The Head teacher will review each application and will give you an answer as soon as possible. Holidays in term time may lead to a £60 per child, per parent Penalty Notice which will be issued once your child/children return to school from their holiday.

Please note that if you require an exceptional circumstance absence during school time please contact school to arrange an interview with Mrs Goodfellow BEFORE you make any arrangements. Any unauthorised absences are passed to our EWO who may fine both parents.

Attendance Matters

At Barton Clough Primary we are working very hard to improve attendance and punctuality. It is vital that children attend school every day so that they have the best chance of reaching their full potential – every day counts!

Coming to school every day helps children to learn new exciting things, build lasting friendships and promotes self-esteem and confidence.

A child with 90% attendance may seem good, but it actually means that you child would miss:

  • one half day each week.
  • nearly four weeks of a school year.

We understand that children will miss school due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances, but we urge parents to send children in when they are well enough to attend. For information about attendance procedures please see our school attendance policy

The school has a number of support strategies in place to help ensure that all pupils can achieve full attendance, these include:

  • regular monitoring of attendance and punctuality.
  • termly winners of Attendance Certificate.
  • 100% Attendance Certificates and treat for every child who attends school every day.