The College is open all year round except for most Bank Holidays, a period of about ten days over Christmas and New Year, about one week near Easter and about five weeks commencing in early July.
There are no compulsory term dates, and students may suggest preferred start and end dates. For full-time students, however, the following dates are provisionally recommended at the time of writing, but may be subject to change.
|Term||Start Date||End Date||Half-Term
|Autumn Term 2012||September 10th, 17th or 24th||December 19th||October 29th – November 2nd||November 19th – November 30th|
|Spring Term 2013||January 3rd||March 27th||February 18th – February 22nd||March 11th – 22nd|
|Summer Term 2013||April 15th||June 28th||None||April 29th – May 10th|
|Autumn Term 2013||September 9th, 16th or 23rd||December 18th||October 28th – November 1st||November 18th – 29th|
|Spring Term 2014||January 6th **||April 4th||February 17th – February 21st||March 17th – March 28th|
|Summer Term 2014||April 22nd||June 30th||None||May 5th – May 16th|
** Students taking examinations in January 2014 may be able to receive tuition from Thursday January 2nd.
As individual terms at Bartholomews are usually shorter than at most traditional schools, and indeed they vary from one student to another, our policy with regards to half-term breaks differs according to circumstances. Whilst individuals may choose otherwise, in general we encourage half-term breaks in terms of twelve weeks or more, but we discourage them in terms of eleven weeks or less. Additionally, students are discouraged from taking half-term breaks in terms in which they are scheduled subsequently to take public examinations. The College itself normally remains staffed over half-terms.
The College is officially closed on all Bank Holidays except for the second Bank Holiday in May, which is treated as a normal working day, owing to the imminence of public examinations.