School term and holiday dates

Schools, education and learning

School calendar for 2018-19

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, however families are recommended to contact their school directly to confirm this.

Local schools were consulted with on term dates for 2017-18 between 21 April and 9 June 17. The dates below have been agreed by Cabinet.

Autumn Term 2018

  • Monday 3 September 2018 to Friday 21 December 2018
  • Half Term: Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October 2018
  • Christmas Holiday:  Monday 24 December 2018 to Friday 4 January 2019

Spring Term 2019

  • Monday 7 January 2019 to Friday 5 April 2019
  • Half Term: Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February 2019
  • Easter Holiday Monday 8 April to Friday 19 April 2019

Summer Term 2019

  • Tuesday 23 April 2019 to Tuesday 22 July 2019
  • Half Term: Tuesday 28 May 2019 to Friday 31 May 2019

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 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 dates for 2018-19 (300KB).

The Council holds 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, however families are recommended to contact their school directly to confirm this.

Local schools were consulted with on term dates for 2019-20 between 23 May and 6 July 2018. The dates below have been agreed by Cabinet.

Autumn Term 2019

  • Monday 2 September to Friday 20 December 2019
  • Half Term: Monday 21 October to Friday 25 October 2019
  • Christmas holiday: Monday 23 December 2019 to Friday 3 January 2020

Spring Term 2020

  • Monday 6 January 2020 to Friday 3 April 2020
  • Half Term: Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February 2020
  • Easter Holiday Monday 6 April 2020 to Friday 17 April 2020

Summer Term 2020

•    Monday 20 April 2020 to Monday 20 July 2020
•    Half Term: Tuesday 26 May 2020 to Friday 29 May 2020

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 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 2019-20 (300KB).

Local schools were consulted with on term dates for 2019-20 and 2020-21 between 23 May and 6 July 2018. The dates for 2020-21 have provisionally been agreed by cabinet.  Please note, the dates for 2020-21, although provisionally agreed by Cabinet, are subject to final ratification (expected July 2019). 

Please see a PDF version of the School term dates for 2020-21 (198KB)

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