St Joseph’s R.C. High School

and Sports College

St Joseph’s RC High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Holiday Pattern

We encourage excellent attendance at school for all of our students and no leave of absence is granted to students, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 and are effective from 1st September 2013.  The amendments remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

Amendments have also been made to the 2007 Regulations in the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.  These new regulations will reduce the timescales for paying a penalty notice: From 1 September 2013, the timescales for payment of fines that Parents/Guardians must pay has been reduce to: £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days.  This brings attendance penalty notices into line with other types of penalty notices and allows local authorities to act faster on prosecutions.

Bolton Council have produced two documents regarding holidays and the law.  These can be downloaded below.


Term Time Holidays (note the education amendments shown above)

Promoting Good Attendance


A copy of our Holiday Pattern for the academic year 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 can be downloaded as a PDF document below.

Holiday Dates 2017-2018

Holiday Dates 2018 2019

Holiday Dates 2019 2020

School re-opens Wednesday 6th September 2017
Break up for half-term Friday 20th October 2017
School re-opens Monday 30th October 2017
School closes Friday 22 December 2017
Autumn Term – 73 days


School re-opens Tuesday 9th January 2018
Break up for half-term Friday 16th February 2018
School re-opens Monday 26th February 2018
School closes Wednesday 28th March 2018
Spring Term – 52 days


School re-opens Wednesday 11th April 2018
Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018
Break up for half-term Friday 25th May 2018
Bank Holiday: Monday 28th May 2018
School re-opens Monday 4th June 2018
School closes Wednesday 18th July 2018
Summer Term – 65 days