School term and holiday dates for the 2023 - 24 academic year
The following are the recommended school terms and holiday dates for nursery, primary and secondary schools. Please note that schools have the autonomy to determine their own term dates.
The School Admissions Team will continue to consult on and determine recommended dates, as outlined below, but schools are now able to vary these dates as they see fit. You are advised to contact your child’s school directly to confirm their term dates.
You can download the information about determined school term and holiday dates 2023 - 24 or view the information below by term.
Autumn Term part 1: Monday 4 September - Friday 20 October (35 days
Half-term: Monday 23 October - Friday 27 October
Autumn Term part 2: Monday 30 October - Thursday 21 December (39 days)
Christmas break: Friday 22 December – Friday 5 January
Spring Term part 1: Monday 8 January - Friday 9 February (25 days)
Half-term: Monday 12 February - Friday 16 February
Spring Term part 2: Monday 19 February - Thursday 28 March 29
Easter break: Friday 29 March - Friday 12 April (Easter weekend 29 March - 1 April)
Summer Term part 1: Monday 15 April - Friday 24 May (29 days - May Day Bank Holiday will be taken on 6 May)
Half-term: Monday 27 May - Friday 31 May (Spring Bank Holiday will be taken on 27 May)
Summer Term part 2: Monday 3 June - Wednesday 24 July (38 days)
Summer break: Thursday 25 July onwards
Christmas Day: Monday 25 December 2023
Boxing Day: Tuesday 26 December 2023
New Year’s Day: Monday 1 January 2024
Good Friday: Friday 29 March 2024
Easter Monday: Monday 1 April 2024
May Day Bank Holiday: Monday 6 May 2024
Spring Bank Holiday: Monday 27 May 2024
August Bank Holiday: Monday 26 August 2024
The above are the recommended school terms and holiday dates for nursery, primary and secondary schools. Please note that many schools now have the autonomy to determine their own term dates. You are advised to contact your child’s school directly to confirm their term dates.
The dates show schools being open for 195 days. From these, five staff training dates are to be determined by the school’s governing body. Some governing bodies may choose to hold staff training at ‘twilight sessions’ after the school day and to extend the school holiday for staff.
Schools which close for local elections are required to extend the summer term or coincide it with an 'inset' day.
Recommended common transition day for Year 6 pupils to visit the secondary school that they will be attending
- for pupils starting secondary school September 2023 – Wednesday 5 July 2023
- for pupils starting secondary school September 2024 – Wednesday 3 July 2024