Term Dates

School times: 8.45am to 3.10pm


School doors open at 8:35am for children to enter the classrooms


If your child is ill and cannot attend school, please inform the office by 9:30am, each day of absence


Children do not attend school on the dates marked: Occasional Day or Staff Inset Day

2018 / 2019
Autumn Monday 3rd September Staff Inset Day
Tuesday 4th September Term Commences
Friday 26th October Staff Inset Day
29th October – 2nd November Half Term
Monday 3rd December Occasional Day
Friday 21st December Term Ends 12.30pm
Spring Monday 7th January Staff Inset Day
Tuesday 8th January Term Commences
15th February Staff Inset Day
18th – 22nd February Half Term
Friday 5th April Term Ends 12.30pm
Summer Tuesday 23rd April Staff Inset Day
Wednesday 24th April Term Commences
Monday 6th May Bank Holiday
27th May – 31st May Half Term
Wednesday 24th July Term Ends 12.30pm


We are often asked what is the single most important thing that parents can do to support and maximise their child’s learning?


Our response is always the same: send them to school every single day of the term. Children form the long life habits of commitment, good attendance and punctuality from their parents at a very early age – as young as 3 years old! They soon learn the importance of good attendance which remains with them for life. Children also know how tricky it is when the learning of key skills is missed. This of course impacts on subsequent learning.


The attendance at Commonswood School has improved enormously over the past 5 years and as a result, combined with high quality teaching and an outstanding curriculum, standards have vastly improved. Good attendance cannot be emphasised enough.


Term time holidays

We are unable to authorise term time holidays. Absence can only be authorised if a child is unwell. If however, the number of unauthorised sessions reaches 15 or more within 2 terms, the local authority may issue you with a Penalty Notice. The Penalty Notice requires parents to pay a fine of £60 within 21 days. If this is not paid within the time limit, the penalty rises to £120 which must be paid within 28 days.