uk school year
The British Academic Year runs from September to July and is split into three terms, with a one or two week half-term holiday in the middle of each. Each area will have slightly different term times, but approximate dates are listed below. Click here to check exact holiday dates for your area. Term dates are different in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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These dates are for community and voluntary controlled schools in Essex.
Term dates for foundation and voluntary-aided schools and academies may be different. Check with your child’s school for their term dates.
Terms dates may differ for voluntary aided schools and schools with Trust or Academy status, as these schools are able to set their own calendar. You’ll be able to get further information by contacting the individual school.
Last updated 9 September 2020
Each school chooses when their inset days take place.
The school year is 195 days altogether. Five of these days are used for staff training (inset days), so that means pupils go to school for 190 days a year.
4 January to 31 March
Half term: 15 to 19 February
19 April to 23 July
Half term: 31 May to 4 June