Term dates and school times

Term dates, school times and clubs

2020/21 TERM DATES

Summer 2020

(6 weeks)

Thursday 16 July 2020

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Autumn half term 2020

(1 week)

Friday 23 October 2020

Monday 2 November 2020

Christmas 2020

(2 weeks)

Friday 18 December 2020

Monday 4 January 2021

Spring half term 2021

(1 week)

Friday 12 February 2021

Monday 22 February 2021

Easter 2021

(2 weeks)

Friday 26 March 2021

Monday 12 April 2021

Summer half term 2021

(1 week)

Friday 28 May 2021

Monday 7 June 2021

Summer 2021

(6 weeks)

Thursday 15 July 2021

Wednesday 1 September 2021

The Academy will also be closed for training purposes on the following days:

  • Tuesday 1 September 2020
  • Friday 27 November 2020
  • Monday 3 May 2021 (bank holiday)
  • Friday 16 July 2021
  • Tuesday 31 August 2021

Holidays and absences in term time

New Government regulations have made it clear that a school or Academy may not grant any leave of absence from school during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Our duty is to ensure all students have complete access to the education provided and we ask for parental support to ensure this happens.

This means:

  • A parent does not have the right to take a child out of school for a holiday or absence in term time.
  • The school will refuse an application for absence unless parents can demonstrate and prove there are exceptional circumstances relating to the request.
  • Absence from the Academy for any reason has a significant effect on learning and is proven to reduce student grades.
  • If a holiday or an absence is taken when permission has not been granted, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence (truancy) and noted on the student’s record of achievement. The information will be sent to Northumberland County Council who will consider whether a fine should be issued. 
  • If a student already has poor attendance and an unauthorised absence is taken, the information may be sent to Northumberland County Council Attendance Enforcement Team who will consider legal proceedings at a magistrate’s court.

School times




8.40am - 9.00am

Period 1

9.00am - 10.00am

Period 2

10.00am - 11.00am


11.00am - 11.20am

Period 3

11.20am - 12.20pm


12.20pm - 1.00pm

Period 4

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Period 5 2.00pm - 3.00pm 


Our range of extra-curricular activities are a major strength of our school. Enrichment activities range from clubs at lunchtime and after school, to residential trips across the region, the wider UK and beyond. 

Due to our sports college heritage, we offer a wide range of sporting opportunities for all students. These clubs include individual and team sports, providing participation opportunities for students of all abilities.

Our new fitness suite opened in September 2016 and offers sessions before and after school and also at lunchtimes. 

Our lunchtime enrichment timetable offers students a range of activities with something to suit everyone - it’s simply a case of turn up and get involved!


Club Day/time Year group
Soul band Thursday lunchtime All
Choir Friday lunchtime All
Brass band Monday night  All
Hairspray production Thursday night  All
Critics corner  Wednesday lunchtime Year 10 and 11
Reading for pleasure  Friday after school  Years 7-10
Trampolining  Monday lunchtime  Year 7and 8
Badminton Monday after school All years 
Table tennis  Monday after school All years
Volleyball Thursday lunchtime All years
Netball Thursday after school Year 9, 10 and 11
BTEC sport intervention  Friday lunchtime  Year 10 and 11
Fitness Friday after school All years
Homework club Monday - Friday after school All years 
Enterprise club  Monday lunchtime  Year 9