Term Dates and School Times

High Down Schools Term dates 2017-8 are:

INSET on Monday 4th September 2017

Term 1   Tuesday 5th September 2017 – Friday 20th October 2017

INSET on Monday 30th October 2017

Term 2   Tuesday 31st October 2017 – Tuesday 19th December 2017

INSET on Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Term 3   Thursday 4th January 2018 – Friday 9th February 2018

Term 4   Monday 19th February 2018 – 23rd March 2018

Term 5   Monday 9th April 2018 – Friday 25th May 2018

INSET on Monday 4th June 2018

Term 6   Tuesday 5th June 2018 – Friday 20th July 2018

INSET on Monday 23rd July 2018


Holiday In-Term Time Policy

Due to a recent change in the law, headteachers cannot authorise holidays in term time unless in exceptional circumstances. Family holidays are not deemed by law to be exceptional circumstances.  Families will run the risk of being fined if they do decide to take their children out of school in term time.  If you have any queries regarding this, please speak to Mrs Cowan or Mrs Parker.


School starts          8:50am

Break                        10.35am – 10.55am

Lunch break          12.00 noon – 1.15 pm

School closes         3.15 pm

Children must be in school for registration, which takes place at 8.55am PROMPTLY.  The cloakroom doors will be open at 8.50 am in order to allow the children to take off their coats and organise their lunch boxes.  Lessons commence immediately after registers have been taken. Any children who arrive after registration must report to the office with their parents and their names will be entered in the late book.


School starts  8.50am (Children can arrive at school from 8.40am – please note gates are locked until this time)

Break                 10.40am – 11am

Lunch break   12.10pm – 1.10pm

School closes  3.20pm

The time of the morning break may be altered as the need arises. Throughout lunchtime supervisory assistants are on duty.

Children must not leave the school during any break time of their own accord.

Responsibility for pupils on the premises is only accepted for ten minutes on either side of the official starting and finishing times.  Therefore all children should vacate the school grounds promptly, unless the children are taking part in a planned school activity.

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High Down Schools
Down Road, Portishead
Bristol BS20 6DY