School term dates and holidays


2017 – 2018 term dates

Spring term 2018

  • Term starts – Monday 8th January 2018 *
  • Half term – Monday 19th February 2018 to Friday 23rd February 2018 *
  • Term ends – Thursday 29th March 2018 *

Summer Term 2018

  • Term starts – Monday 16th April 2018 *
  • Half term – Monday 28th May 2018 to Friday 1st June 2018 *
  • Term ends – Friday 20th July 2018 *

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The governing bodies of academies and schools are responsible for setting their own term dates. Please contact the school directly for the most up to date information on term dates.


School induction dates 2018/2019

Central Area: Wednesday 27th June 2018
Southern Area: Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Northern Area: Thursday 5th July 2018
Eastern Area: Tuesday 10th July 2018

From 2019 there will be a single induction date for all areas – Thursday 27th June 2019

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Teacher training days

Teacher training days for the Academic Year 2017/18 took place on Friday 1st September 2017.

Schools can set three more days for teacher training and you will need to contact the school 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 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 for religious reasons

Talk to the teacher when you join a school about your family’s beliefs and how they could affect your child’s 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 January 9, 2018.


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