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Term Dates 2023-2024

Below are the dates your child should attend school during the academic year 2023/24.

Research shows that children and young people who attend school at least 95% of the time are more likely to achieve good results. Good attendance develops the essential life skills necessary for young people to be responsible and successful citizens and is important for personal, social and emotional development and self-esteem.

INSET Days – these are “in-service training” days for academy staff. On these days’ children remain at home whilst staff attend the academy for dedicated training time so that we can improve our practice and keep up to date with changes in education. In October and July all staff attend Cabot Learning Federation conferences where they join expert lead workshops focused on training in every aspect of educational delivery and operation.

Term 1
First day of term for studentsTuesday 5th September 2023 – Year 7 only
Wednesday 6th September 2023 – All years groups
Last day of term for studentsWednesday 18th October 2023
INSET DatesFriday 1st September 2023
Monday 4th September 2023
Thursday 19th October 2023 (conf.)
Friday 20th October 2023
Term 2
First day of term for studentsMonday 30th October 2023
Last day of term for studentsFriday 15th December 2023
Term 3
First day of term for studentsWednesday 3rd January 2024
Last day of term for studentsFriday 9th February 2024
INSET DatesMonday 1st January 2024 (Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 2nd January 2024
Term 4
First day of term for studentsMonday 19 February 2024
Last day of term for studentsThursday 28th March 2024
INSET DatesFriday 29th March 2024 (Bank Holiday)
Term 5
First day of term for studentsTuesday 16 April 2024
Last day of term for studentsFriday 24th May 2024
INSET DatesMonday 15th April 2024
Monday 6th May 2024 (Bank Holiday)
Term 6
First day of term for studentsMonday 3rd June 2024
Last day of term for studentsTuesday 23rd July 2024
INSET DatesFriday 5th July 2024 (Conf.)

Term dates 2024-2025

Term 1
First day of term for studentsMonday 2nd September 2024
Last day of term for studentsFriday 25th October 2024
INSET DatesTBC
Term 2
First day of term for studentsMonday 4th November 2024
Last day of term for studentsFriday 20th December 2024
Term 3
First day of term for studentsMonday 6th January 2025
Last day of term for studentsFriday 14th February 2025
INSET DatesTBC
Term 4
First day of term for studentsMonday 24th February 2025
Last day of term for studentsFriday 4th April 2025
Term 5
First day of term for studentsTuesday 22nd April 2025
Last day of term for studentsFriday 23rd May 2025
INSET DatesTBC
Bank HolidayMonday 21st April
Monday 5th May
Term 6
First day of term for studentsMonday 2nd June 2025
Last day of term for studentsTuesday 22nd July 2025
INSET DatesTBC

Severe Weather Information

Safety First

Closing a school is a complicated decision that affects students, staff and families. We want our school to provide students with a safe and stable place to learn. We are also aware that by closing the school we may be stopping parents/carers from going to work and difficulties with childcare issues. Closing school is an exception and we will always do everything possible to stay open, even if we can only open the school to a limited number of year groups.

The primary criteria we consider when making a decision will include:

  • The safety and well-being of students and staff
  • Severity of the weather (extreme cold, flooding, etc.)
  • The ability for buses and cars to travel safely
  • Our ability to keep our site safe.

In the event of a risk of closure in the week ahead, we will monitor the forecast from the Met Office and other trusted local providers.   In the event of overnight snowfall, staff members will endeavor to be on the school premises from early in the day, to ensure that the site is safe.   We will liaise closely with bus companies and the local authority also at this time.

Notifying Families

In the event that school is closed due to severe weather, we will make every attempt to notify families as soon as possible.

Full-day school closure decisions will be made as early as possible in the morning following severe weather overnight .

We notify families via:

  • Email messaging
  • Our website
  • Our Twitter account @johncabotnews
  • We will also communicate via other forms of media, including TV, radio and local newspapers/
  • Our Facebook page

Parents can help by making sure that we hold up-to-date contact information, as well as emergency contact information.

Notifying Staff

Staff will be informed of any closure (partial or full) by email and/or our school website and twitter feed.

Making the Decision to close or partially close

The Principal or other nominated member of SLT will make a decision after consulting with our Building Services team and other stakeholders as needed.

Scenarios

Cancel after-school activities – When conditions become severe during the day, we may cancel after-school activities. Every effort will be made to notify parents/carers before midday.

Late start or early dismissal – These options are only used during emergencies because they have significant impact on transportation and child care. We will notify families as early as possible if this is required.

Closing the school – This option will be taken if conditions render our site unsafe or if we do not have sufficient staff to supervise students for all or the majority of the day.