Preston Park Primary

Term Dates

At Preston Primary School we actively discourage parents from taking their children out of school for holidays during term time.

To help parents plan their holidays please see the term dates below.

In line with DfE instructions, Preston Park Primary School will not authorise any holiday taken during term time. All absence from school due to holidays will be noted as unauthorised absence.

TERM DATES 2022-2023


  • Pupils return to school Monday 17th April 2023
  • May Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 2023
  • Extra Bank Holiday Monday 8th May 2023
  • Last day of term Friday 26th May 2023
  • Half term Monday 29th May 2023 – Friday 2nd June 2023
  • Pupils return to school Monday 5th June 2023
  • (Staff Inset Friday 16th June 2023)
  • Last day of term Friday 21st July 2023 @ 1:30pm

 Term Dates 2023-2024


  • (Staff Inset Monday 4th September 2023 & Tuesday 5th September 2023)
  • Pupils return to school Wednesday 6th September 2023
  • Last day of term Friday 20th October 2023
  • Half Term Monday 23rd October 2023 to Friday 27th October 2023
  • Pupils return to school Monday 30th October 2023
  • (Staff Inset Friday 1st December 2023
  • Last day of term Thursday 21st December 2023 @ 1:30pm
  • Christmas Holiday Friday 22nd December 2023 – Friday 5th January 2024 


  • Pupils return to school Monday 8th January 2024
  • Last day of term Friday 9th February 2024
  • Half term Monday 12th February 2024 to Friday 16th February 2024
  • Pupils return to school Monday 19th February 2024
  • (Staff Inset Friday 15th March 2024)
  • Last day of term Thursday 28th March 2024 @ 1:30pm
  • Easter Holiday Friday 29th March 2024 – Friday 12th April 2024 


  • Pupils return to school Monday 15th April 2024
  • May Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 2024
  • Last day of term Friday 24th May 2024
  • Half term Monday 27th May 2024 – Friday 31st May 2024
  • Pupils return to school Monday 3rd June 2024
  • (Staff Inset Friday 14th June 2024)
  • Last day of term Wednesday 24th July 2024 @ 1:30pm


Parents are strongly discouraged from taking their children out of school for long periods of time.

Family holidays or trips abroad must be taken in the school holidays. The Headteacher can only authorise absence, in exceptional circumstances. In such cases, parents should submit a ‘Leave of Absence Request Form’ in advance and only make bookings if leave is granted. Whether to grant leave is at the discretion of the Headteacher. There is no right for a parent to appeal a decision.

We have compiled this list of frequently asked questions to provide some guidance.

Have I the right to take my child on holiday in term-time when I wish?

No. Schools have the discretion to grant leave of absence in other exceptional circumstances, but it will not automatically be granted.

How will the time away be recorded?

It will be an authorised absence if agreed by the school. If it is not agreed by the school, it will be recorded as unauthorised absence, and could result in a penalty notice being issued.

Can holiday leave be granted retrospectively?


What happens if we don’t return on the agreed date?

The absence will be unauthorised. Your child's place at the school may be at risk. Admissions and the Education Welfare Service will be informed and a fixed penalty notice may be issued.

What happens if my child is removed from the school’s roll?

You must contact the Brent Admissions Service on 020 8937 3100 for advice and information on enrolling your child in another school.

What if I need a longer absence period than 10 days?

You should ensure that any extra time falls within school holidays.

Is there a right of appeal against a decision to remove from the school’s roll?

No, schools are legally entitled to take this course of action.

What is the Penalty Notice fine for term time leave?

New amounts for education-related penalty notices will come into force on 1 September 2012. The Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 increases the current amounts of penalty notices payable by parents from 1 September 2012. These will apply to any parent who fails to ensure the regular attendance of their child of compulsory school age (5-16) who is registered at a state school or fails to ensure that their excluded child is not found in a public place during schools hours without a justifiable reason. The amounts stated on the penalty are £60 per parent within 21 days. Days 22-28 the fine increases to £120 per parent. If the fine is not paid within this timescale legal action will commence with a referral to court. Costs can escalate to £1000 plus.