Soham Village College

Term Dates & Lesson information

2016/2017 

Autumn Term

Term Opens: Monday 5 September 2016 (Year 7 Only)
Term Opens: Tuesday 6 September 2016 (All Years)
Half Term: 24 October - 28 October 2016
Term Closes: Friday 16 December 2016

Spring Term

Term Opens: Tuesday 3 January 2017
Half Term: 13 - 17 February 2017
Term Closes: Friday 31 March 2017

Summer Term

Term Opens: Tuesday 18 April 2017
May Day: Monday 1 May 2017
Half Term: 29 May - 2 June 2017
Term Closes: Friday 21 July 2017

The following dates are staff training days:-

Friday 2 September 2016
Friday 30 September 2016
Friday 25 November 2016
Monday 19 December 2016
Tuesday 20 December 2016

2017/2018 

Autumn Term

Term Opens: Tuesday 5 September 2017 (Year 7 Only)
Term Opens: Wednesday 6 September 2017 (All Years)
Half Term: 23 October - 27 October 2017
Term Closes: Tuesday 19 December 2017

Spring Term

Term Opens: Wednesday 3 January 2018
Half Term: 12 - 16 February 2018
Term Closes: Thursday 29 March 2018

Summer Term

Term Opens: Monday 16 April 2018
May Day: Monday 7 May 2018
Half Term: 28 May - 1 June 2018
Term Closes: Friday 20 July 2018

The following dates are staff training days:-

Monday 4 September 2017
Friday 29 September 2017
Friday 24 November 2017
Monday 23 July 2018
Tuesday 24 July 2018

The School Day

8.30am-8.50am -   Registration & Tutor Time / Assembly
8.50am-9.50am -   Lesson 1
9.50am-10.50am -   Lesson 2
10.50am-11.15am -   Break
11.15am-12.15pm -   Lesson 3
12.15pm-1.15pm -   Lesson 4
1.15pm-2.00pm -   Lunch
2.00pm-3.00pm -   Lesson 5
3.00pm-5.00pm -   Optional Enrichment Activities

Length of taught week (lesson time): 25 hours

 Weeks A & B

AUTUMN TERM 2016
Week Beginning
SPRING TERM 2017
Week Beginning
SUMMER TERM 2017
Week Beginning
     
5 September A 2 January A 17 April A
12 September B 9 January B 24 April B
19 September A 16 January A 1 May A
26 September B 23 January B 8 May B
3 October A 30 January A 15 May A
10 October B 6 February B 22 May B 
17 October A    
     
31 October B 20 February A 5 June A
7 November A  27 February B 12 June B
14 November B 6 March A 19 June A
21 November A 13 March B 26 June B
28 November B 20 March A 3 July A
5 December A 27 March  B 10 July B
12 December B   17 July A

 Term Time Holidays

There has been a change in the law regarding term time holidays.  We are obliged to follow the new government guidelines which state that any time taken off during term time will be unauthorised and parents or carers liable to a penalty notice unless exceptional circumstances apply.

Such circumstances might include children taking time to see a family member who is forces personnel on leave from a foreign posting; a parent, grandparent or other close relative being seriously or terminally ill and the holiday proposed is likely to be the last such holiday; or if there has recently been a death or significant other trauma in the family and it is felt that an immediate holiday might help the child concerned better deal with the situation.  If leave is taken without authorisation it will be recorded in the school attendance register as unauthorised absence.  A Penalty Notice, if issued, is per parent per child.  The amount is £60 if paid within 21 days, increasing to £120 if paid after 21 days and before 28 days.  After 28 days the case is forwarded to the Magistrates’ Court.

If you are uncertain as to whether a holiday might be classed as being an exceptional circumstance, then please feel free to contact the school and ask to speak to Mrs Durrant, Attendance Officer.