Absences adversely affect the progress that students make. One of the most important things you can do for your child is make sure that they attend College regularly and on time. It is only the Principal that can authorise an absence from College. Please read the Rutland and District Schools’ Federation student policy on attendance and term-time absence.

We are only able to authorise time off College in EXCEPTIONAL, once-in-a-lifetime circumstances. The Principal cannot authorise a planned absence retrospectively. It is unlikely that an absence will be granted if a student’s attendance is currently below 97% or if the absence would bring them below this figure. Permission will not be given if the reason is because of cost e.g. it is cheaper to get flights during term time.

The following are indicative of acceptable reasons for requesting an absence:

  • for a close family funeral.
  • taking part in a significant event involving education, sport, music or other performance.

Unauthorised absence will form part of a student’s record. It is often difficult for students to catch up with work as they miss out on the interaction with the teacher and other students.

Please note that we may need to ask for additional evidence to support any request and therefore require that they are made at least 10 working days in advance of the planned absence.

To apply for a term time absence please click here to download the form.


A fixed penalty notice may be issued by the Local Authority if you choose to take a unauthorised term-time holiday. Each parent may be liable to a penalty of £60 if paid within 21 days and £120 if paid within 28 days. Where relevant this will apply to each child.

In cases of aggravated non-attendance (where parents have already received a penalty notice) this will be recorded on the National Police Computer and will be declared on any DBS checks carried out by employers or other agencies.


TERM 1College Opens Wednesday 29 August 2018
College Closes Friday 12 October 2018
TERM 2College Opens Monday 29 October 2018
College Closes Thursday 20 December 2018
TERM 3College Opens Monday 7 January 2019
College Closes Friday 15 February 2019
TERM 4College Opens Monday 25 February 2019
College Closes Friday 5 April 2019
Good Friday Bank Holiday – Friday 19 April 2019
Easter Monday Bank Holiday – Monday 22 April 2019
TERM 5College Opens Tuesday 23 April 2019
May Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2019
College Closes Friday 24 May 2019
TERM 6College Opens Monday 3 June 2019
College Closes Friday 12 July 2019


TERM 1College Opens Thursday 29 August 2019
College Closes Friday 18 October 2019
TERM 2College Opens Monday 4 November 2019
College Closes Friday 20 December 2019
TERM 3College Opens Monday 6 January 2020
College Closes Friday 14 February 2020
TERM 4College Opens Monday 24 February 2020
College Closes Friday 3 April 2020
Good Friday Bank Holiday – Friday 10 April 2020
Easter Monday Bank Holiday – Monday 13 April 2020
TERM 5College Opens Monday 20 April 2020
May Bank Holiday Monday 4 May 2020
College Closes Friday 22 May 2020
TERM 6College Opens Monday 1 June 2020
College Closes Thursday 9 July 2020