Holiday Lists


It is a legal requirement that your child attends school regularly between the ages of 5 and 16.  We are anxious that all students achieve their potential and so we expect all to attend school every day unless prevented from doing so by illness.  Absence from school inevitably affects a child’s progress since it means that important lessons, which may include preparation for examination assignments or the introduction of a new topic, for example, are missed.  We expect all students to have over 98% attendance and to aim for 100%

We follow a first day absence calling system which notifies parents via text messaging if a child does not attend school (please enter this number 01274 271196 into your mobile phone in order to recognise that any message received is from Hanson Academy) but we ask that you ring us in a morning if your child is unable to attend school on 01274 776200 before 8.30am. It is very important that we receive a telephone call each day that your child is absent.  We would ask that parent/carers keep us up to date with new phone numbers and changes of address. 

The attendance pattern of all students is monitored carefully and unsatisfactory attendance may be referred to our Education Welfare Officer. 

Parent/carers are asked to support teachers by insisting that their child copy up all work missed as a result of absence. 

All UNEXPLAINED ABSENCES will be recorded as UNAUTHORISED and may then be interpreted as TRUANCY.   

We would ask that parents/carers do not take family holidays during school time as breaks in learning hinder the progress of a child.  We will not authorise any holidays during term time without Principals acknowledgement of exceptional circumstances. You need to be aware that taking leave of absence in term time will result in a penalty notice being issued from Children’s Services.  The penalty notice fines of £60.00 are issued per parent per child, 21 days are allowed for the payment of £60.00 and if not paid the fine doubles to £120.00 and a further 7 days are allowed for payment.  If the penalty notice is not paid then Children’s Services may take the matter before the magistrate’s court and parents will be charged with failing to ensure their child’s regular attendance at school, this could result in a fine of up to £1000.00 per parent. 

School and public examinations take place for students during November, January, March, May and June for years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.  Please do not arrange family holidays at these times.


School Holidays 2017/18

  Re-Open Tuesday 5th September
Staff Training Day Closed Friday 6th October
Half Term Close Friday 20th October
  Re-Open Monday 30th October
Christmas Close Friday, 15th December
 Re-Open Wednesday 3rd January
Half Term Close Thursday 8th February
Re-Open Monday 19th February
EasterClose Thursday 29th March
Re-Open Monday 16th April
Training Day Closed Friday 4th May
Mayday Closed Monday 7th May
Half Term Close Friday 25th May
 Re-Open Monday, 4th June
Summer Close Wednesday 25th July
Staff Training Days    
Monday 4th September 2017
Friday 6th October 2017
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 (DA)
Friday 9th February 2018
Friday 4th May 2018