School term dates and holidays


2016 – 2017 term dates

Summer term 2016

  • Term starts – Monday 4 April 2016 *
  • Half term – Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June 2016 *
  • Term ends Friday 22 July 2016 *

Autumn term 2016

  • Term starts – Monday 5 September 2016 *
  • Half term – Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October 2016 *
  • Term ends – Friday 16 December 2016 *

Spring term 2017

  • Term starts – Tuesday 3rd January *
  • Half term – Monday 20th February 2017 to Friday 24th February 2017 *
  • Term ends – Friday 7th April 2017* *

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* Please note: The governing bodies of academies, foundation schools, and church aided schools are responsible for setting their own term dates. Please contact these schools directly for the most up to date information on term dates. Some schools will set teacher training dates on some of the above dates. To check if your school is affected, please see our information on teacher training days.


School induction dates 2016/2017

Please contact the individual school for induction dates.

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Teacher training days

Designated Teacher Training Days for the Academic Year 2016/17 took place on Thursday 1st September 2016 and Friday 2nd September 2016.

Schools are able to set three more days for teacher training and you will need to contact individual schools for these dates.

* Please note: Academies are responsible for setting their own teaching training dates throughout the year. Please contact these schools directly for the most up to date information.

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Taking holiday from school during term time

It is important to talk to the Head teacher or class teacher before a decision to take leave is made.

  • The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 as amended by Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2013 no longer permit Head Teachers to authorise leave for holidays;
  • Head Teachers may grant leave of absence in exceptional circumstances;
  • If the exceptional circumstances are agreed, the Head Teacher will determine the length of the absence authorised;
  • Parents may be breaking the law if their children take leave without permission;
  • School can only consider applications for leave of absence which are made by the resident parent ie the parent with whom the child normally resides;

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Taking time off school for religious reasons

Talk to school the head teacher or class teacher when you join a school community about your family’s beliefs and their potential impact on your child’s school attendance.

  • Give as much notice as possible of any likely absence and the reasons for it.
  • Schools must treat absence as authorised when it is due to religious observance. The day must be exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which the parents belong. Where necessary, schools should seek advice from parents’ religious body about whether it has set the day apart for religious observance.

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School term dates and holidays was last updated on November 18, 2016.


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