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 School regularly and on time. It is only the Head of School that can authorise an absence from School. Please read the Harington School policy on attendance and term-time absence.

We are only able to authorise time off School in EXCEPTIONAL, once-in-a-lifetime circumstances. The Head of School 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:

  • A hospital appointment which cannot be arranged outside of School hours.
  • To attend the funeral of a relative.
  • To participate and represent the School in a significant academic, music or sporting event.
  • To attend a post-18 interview linked to a chosen career path.
  • Driving tests.
  • Planned work experience during private study.

Students may attend open days at universities during the School week only if visiting at weekends is unavailable. Students are not permitted time off School for driving lessons, this includes tutorial and private study.

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 and return the completed form to the Harington School Office.


TERM 1School Opens Thursday 29 August 2019
School Closes Friday 18 October 2019
TERM 2School Opens Monday 4 November 2019
School Closes Friday 20 December 2019
TERM 3School Opens Monday 6 January 2020
School Closes Friday 14 February 2020
TERM 4School Opens Monday 24 February 2020
School Closes Friday 3 April 2020
Good Friday Bank Holiday – Friday 10 April 2020
Easter Monday Bank Holiday – Monday 13 April 2020
TERM 5School Opens Monday 20 April 2020
May Bank Holiday Friday 8 May 2020
School Closes Friday 22 May 2020
TERM 6School Opens Monday 1 June 2020
School Closes Thursday 9 July 2020


TERM 1School Opens Wednesday 26 August 2020
Summer Bank Holiday – Monday 31 August 2020
School Closes Friday 16 October 2020
TERM 2School Opens Monday 2 November 2020
School Closes Friday 18 December 2020
TERM 3School Opens Monday 4 January 2021
School Closes Friday 12 February 2021
TERM 4School Opens Monday 22 February 2021
School Closes Thursday 1 April 2021
Good Friday Bank Holiday – Friday 2 April 2021
Easter Monday Bank Holiday – Monday 5 April 2021
TERM 5School Opens Monday 19 April 2021
May Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021
School Closes Friday 28 May 2021
TERM 6School Opens Monday 7 June 2021
School Closes Friday 9 July 2021