When a child has been absent, the school must be provided with an explanation of the reason for the absence by the child’s parent or carer. We require a telephone confirmation on the first day of your child’s absence. This is a legal requirement and is necessary to help us to complete our records of authorised and unauthorised absence.

School Term Time and Holidays

Up to date term information can be found on South Tyneside Council’s website here.

We do our best to publish holidays for the forthcoming year well in advance. Please ask at the school office for this information. Please remember that all dates are subject to change. We try to minimise changes, however this is sometimes unavoidable. We will always publish changes in our newsletters.

RequestingΒ LeaveΒ in School Term Time

Parents requesting a term time holiday are required to make an appointment to discuss this with the Head Teacher.

To find out more please review our Attendance Policy in the Information, Policies section or below.

School Closures

Stay updated

The primary source for school closure information can be found on South Tyneside Council’s website. Please clickΒ here.

Please check the school calendar on the Events page of our website. We will post all public events here too including updates on closures. Please click here.

Parents and carers are asked to check local press, radio stations and school websites for updated information.

Local radio stations

BBC NewcastleΒ Β Β Β  95.4FM, 96FM, 103.7FM, 104.4FM, 1458AM & DAB

Metro RadioΒ Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β 97.1 FM

SUN FMΒ Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  103.4 FM

We have decided that local radio offers a good option. The Sun FM website uses colour codes to indicate school status.

To find out up to date information on the school’s status please check Sun FM’s school closure page here. Use their search engine to access the list of School Closures. Their website shows entries that are colour coded as follows:

  • Green for open.
  • Blue for a change of opening/closing times.
  • Red for closed.
  • White – Β€Β˜NO REPORT€™, for when things are generally running as normal.

We will inform local radio as soon as the decision to close or make changes to hours of opening is made.

We use our school answer machine to inform parents/carers who are phoning school of any changes in arrangements as best we can. We always inform the Local Authority as to impending school closure. The earliest our Local Authority can be informed is usually 8:00a.m. and they will update the South Tyneside Schools website as soon as they are able.


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