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Term dates 2021 - 2022

Thursday 7th October 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you are aware, in the May half term 2022, the whole country has been granted an additional bank holiday for the Queen’s platinum jubilee. As this falls within a school holiday, staff and students do not benefit from the additional day.  As a result, the Department for Education has given schools an additional non teaching day in the academic year 2021/22. 

In consultation with governors, Viking has allocated this additional occasional day on Tuesday 3rd May 2022. On 3/5/22, there will be no school. This day follows the already scheduled national Monday May bank holiday and for many in our community, it will be Eid-Al-Fitr. Therefore, families celebrating Eid can enjoy no school that day (and not having to apply for a day off for religious observation) and those not celebrating Eid will also have a lovely long 4 day weekend.  All pupils will be expected back at school on Wednesday 4th May – especially as Y6 SATS test start the following Monday and KS1 SATS test will happen at the end of that week and the week after. A few weeks later, Y1 will be sitting their Phonics screening tests and Y4 will be doing their Multiplication Check test so it is crucial that all pupils enjoy the additional day off on Tuesday 3rd May but then come back to school focused the very next day. 

As the school will be closed for Eid (through our occasional day), no further days of authorised leave will need to be granted for religious observation in May 2022.

I have changed the term dates calendar on both the website and attached the updated dates to this letter to reflect these changes.

Yours faithfully,

Miss Norris

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