School term dates and holidays

Term ends:

21 December
Some schools may differ, you should contact your child’s school to check.

2018 to 2019 term dates

Autumn term 2018

  • Term starts – Monday 3 September 2018 *
  • Half term – Monday 29 October 2018 to Friday 2 November 2018 *
  • Term ends – Friday 21 December 2018 *

Spring term 2019

  • Term starts – Tuesday 8 January 2019 *
  • Half term – Monday 18 February 2019 to Friday 22 February 2019 *
  • Term ends – Friday 12 April 2019 *

Summer term 2019

  • Term starts – Monday 29 April 2019 *
  • Half term – Monday 27 May 2019 to Friday 31 May 2019 *
  • Term ends – Friday 19 July 2019 *

2019 to 2020 term dates

Autumn term 2019

  • Term starts – Tuesday 3 September 2019 *
  • Half term – Monday 28 October 2019 to Friday 1 November 2019 *
  • Term ends – Friday 20 December 2019 *

Spring term 2020

  • Term starts – Monday 6 January 2020 *
  • Half term – Monday 17 February 2020 to Friday 21 February 2020 *
  • Term ends – Friday 3 April 2020 *

Summer term 2020

  • Term starts – Monday 20 April 2020 *
  • Half term – Monday 25 May 2020 to Friday 29 May 2020 *
  • Term ends – Friday 17 July 2020 *

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

Induction days, sometimes also referred to as transition or transfer days, are a set date on which all Year 6 children in the area spend the day at the Secondary school they will be attending in Year 7.

For 2019 there will be a single induction date for the whole of Warwickshire – Thursday 27th June 2019.

The common date means that all children in Warwickshire will be able to attend their induction day, regardless of which primary school they attend or which secondary they’ll be going to.

If your child is to attend a secondary school in a different local authority area (such as a neighbouring county), an academy or an independent school, their new school may have a different induction date. In this case, you should speak to their primary school to arrange for them to go to their induction day.

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Teacher training days

Most schools in Warwickshire have five Teacher Training Days a year, also known as Inset Days, TD or PD Days. Pupils do not attend school on these days.

WCC sets two of these Teacher Training Days per year:

  • 2018/19 – 7 January and 22 July 2019
  • 2019/20 – 2 September and 20 July 2020

Schools can set three more days for teacher training each year and you will need to contact the school for these dates.

Academies and free schools 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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Who decides term dates?

Most Warwickshire school term and holiday dates are set by WCC each year in consultation with headteachers, governing bodies, professional associations, Diocesan Boards of Education, FE Colleges and Trades Unions. WCC also liaises with neighbouring Local Authorities to attempt to align term dates, however this is not always possible.

If you are affected by the term dates of other Local Authorities, you may find it helpful to check their dates well in advance of school holidays.

Academies, Free Schools and Independent schools set their own term dates, which may not be the same as those set by WCC.

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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 November 5, 2018.


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