St Joseph’s R.C. High School

and Sports College

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 years of 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 can be downloaded as a PDF document below.

Holiday Dates 2016-2017

Holiday Dates 2017-2018

Autumn Term 2016 (69 Days)

Term Begins- Wednesday 7th September 2016

Friday 14th October 2016- Staff Training Day (school closed to pupils)

Break up for half-term- Friday 21st October 2016
School re-opens- Monday 31st October 2016

Term Ends- Tuesday 20th December 2016


Spring Term 2017 (65 Days)

Term Begins- Thursday 5th January 2017

Break up for half-term- Friday 17th February 2017
School re-opens- Monday 27th February 2017

Term Ends- Wednesday 12th April 2017


Summer Term 2017 (56 Days)

Term Begins – Wednesday 26th April 2017
Bank Holiday – Monday 1st May 2017

Break up for half-term – Friday 26th May 2017
Bank Holiday – Monday 29th May 2017
School Re-opens- Monday 5th June 2017

Term Ends -Thursday 20th July 2017

Total Days: 190


Staff Training Days

Monday 5th September 2016
Tuesday 6th September 2016
Friday 14th October 2016
Wednesday 4th January 2017
Friday 21st July 2017