School term and holiday dates

Schools, education and learning

School calendar for 2021-22

The Deregulation Bill was set to remove the statutory duty for Local Authorities to set term dates for community, voluntary controlled, community special schools and maintained nurseries in its area. However, in September 2015 the Department of Education said that this aspect of the bill will not commence.

Therefore, the Council continues to hold a statutory duty to set school term dates and holiday dates in its area.

Governing bodies of foundation, voluntary aided and foundation special schools are able to set their own term dates but they usually choose to adopt the same dates as the Local Authority. Families are recommended to contact their school directly to confirm this.

Local schools were consulted with on term dates for 2021-22 between 18 May 2020 and 30 June 2020. The dates below have been agreed by Executive Decision.

Autumn Term 2021

  • Wednesday 1 September to Friday 17 December 2021
  • Half Term: Monday 25 October to Friday 29 October 2021
  • Christmas holiday: Monday 20 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022

Spring Term 2022

  • Tuesday 4 January 2022 to Friday 1 April 2022
  • Half Term: Monday 14 February to Friday 18 February 2022
  • Easter Holiday Monday 4 April 2022 to Monday 18 April 2022

Summer Term 2022

  • Tuesday 19 April 2022 to Friday 22 July 2022
  • Half Term: Monday 30 May 2022 to Friday 3 June 2022.

This calendar gives a total of 195 days. A maximum of 5 staff development (INSET) days can be deducted by the School Governing Body to ensure that schools meet their statutory obligation to open for 190 pupil days.

Schools retain the option to vary the standard school year by closing to allow the celebration of up to three religious festivals that occur on a weekday in term time after consulting with their local school communities. Provision must be made elsewhere in the school year to ensure that the school is open for the statutory number of days to pupils.

Parents are strongly advised to check with their child’s school before making any holiday arrangements or other commitments.

Please see a PDF version of the School term date for 2021-22 (300KB).

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Local schools were consulted with on term dates for 2022-23 and 2023-24 between 7 June 2021 and 21 July 2021.   Please note, the dates for 2022-23, although previously provisionally agreed by Executive Decision, are subject to final ratification (expected September 2021 when the dates for 2023-24 will be provisionally agreed). 

Please see a PDF version of the School term dates for 2022-23 (198KB)

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E17 4JF 

Telephone: 020 8496 3000