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 year of 2015-2016 can be downloaded as a PDF document below.

Holiday Dates 2015-2016


Autumn Term 2015 (67 Days)

Term Begins

Wednesday 9th September 2015

Half Term

Monday 26th October 2015- Monday 2nd November 2015


Term Ends

Friday 18th December 2015


Spring Term 2016 (51 Days)

Term Begins

Tuesday 5th January 2016


Half Term

Monday 15th February- Monday 22nd February 2016


Term Ends

Tuesday 22nd March 2016


Summer Term 2016 (72 Days)

Term Begins

Wednesday 6th April 2016


Bank Holiday

Monday 2nd May 2016


Half Term

Monday 30th May- Monday 6th June 2016


Bank Holiday: Monday 30th May 2016


Term Ends

Friday 22nd July 2016


Total Days: 190


Staff Training Days

Monday 7th September 2015
Tuesday 8th September 2015
Friday 16th October 2015
Monday 4th January 2016
Monday 25th July 2016