Determined school term and holiday dates 2020 - 21

School term and holiday dates for the 2020 - 21 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.

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Determined school term and holiday dates 2020-21

Autumn Term

  • Autumn term part 1 - Wednesday 2 September - Friday 23 October 2020 (38 days)
  • Half-term - Monday 26 October - Friday 30 October 2020
  • Autumn term part 2 - Monday 2 November - Friday 18 December 2020 (35 days)        
  • Christmas break - Monday 21 December 2020 - Friday 1 January 2021

Spring Term

  • Spring term part 1 - Monday 4 January - Friday 12 February 2021 (30 days)
  • Half-term - Monday 15 February - Friday 19 February 2021                   
  • Spring term part 2 - Monday 22 February - Wednesday 31 March 2021 (28 days)
  • Easter break - Thursday 1 April - Friday 16 April 2021 (Easter weekend 2 - 5 April 2021)

Summer Term

  • Summer term part 1 - Monday 19 April - Friday 28 May 2021 (30 days - May Day Bank Holiday will be taken on 3 May 2021)
  • Half-term - Monday 31 May - Friday 4 June 2021 (Spring Bank Holiday will be taken on 31 May 2021)
  • Summer term part 2 - Monday 7 June - Friday 23 July 2021 (35 days)
  • Summer break - Monday 25 July 2021 onwards

Public Holidays         

  • Christmas Day - Friday 25 December 2020
  • Boxing Day - Monday 28 December 2020
  • New Year’s Day - Friday 1 January 2021
  • Good Friday - Friday 2 April 2021
  • Easter Monday - Monday 5 April 2021
  • May Day Bank Holiday - Monday 3 May 2021
  • Spring Bank Holiday - Monday 31 May 2021
  • August Bank Holiday - Monday 30 August 2021

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 2020 – Wednesday 1 July 2020
  • For pupils starting secondary school September 2021 – Wednesday 7 July 2021