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School term and holiday dates

Last updated 2 September 2015

School Calendar for 2015-16

Currently Local Authorities hold a statutory duty to set school term dates and holiday dates for community, voluntary controlled, community special schools and maintained nurseries in its area. Within foundation, voluntary aided and foundation special schools, this duty rests with the governing bodies, but usually they choose to adopt the same dates as the Local Authority.

As of September 2015, this statutory duty is set to be removed from Local Authorities and schools will be able to set their own school term and holiday dates.

However, at a Cabinet meeting on the 9 December 2014 ( it was agreed, following consultation with schools and SACRE that Waltham Forest Council will continue to provide annual guidance to schools on recommended term dates for schools to consider. The aim of this annual guidance is to help provide stability and consistency to educational settings, parents and carers across the borough.

Autumn Term 2015 - 74 Days

First Half (39 Days)
Start - Tuesday 1 September 2015
End - Friday 23 October 2015

Half Term: Monday 26-Friday 30 October 2015

Second Half (35 Days)
Start - Monday 2 November 2015
End - Friday 18 December 2015

Spring Term 2016 – 54 Days

First Half (30 Days)
Start - Monday 4 January 2016
End - Friday 12 February 2016

Half Term: Monday 15-Friday 19 February 2016

Second Half (24 Days)
Start - Monday 22 February 2016
End - Thursday 24 March 2016

Good Friday - Friday 25 March 2016
Easter Monday - Monday 28 March 2016
Easter Holiday -Tuesday 29 March 2016 - Friday 8 April 2016

Summer Term 2016 - 67 Days

First Half (34 Days)
Start - Monday 11 April 2016
End - Friday 27 May 2016

Half Term: Monday 30 May-Friday 3 June 2016

May Day Bank Holiday: Monday 2 May 2016
Spring Bank Holiday: Monday 30 May 2016

Second Half (33 Days)
Start - Monday 6 June 2016
End - Wednesday 20 July 2016

This proposed calendar gives a total of 195 days. A maximum of 5 inset days can be deducted 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

Past school calendars

We have archived for information only the school calendar for

Academic year 2011/12 (50KB PDF file)

Academic year 2012/13 (44KB PDF file)

Academic year 2013/14 (43KB PDF file)

Academic year 2014/15 (44KB PDF file)

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