INSET days

In addition to the dates listed below, each school will also close for five INSET days during the year. Please contact the school directly to find out when these INSET days will take place. 

View the rules on taking holidays during term time

Spring Term 2020  
Open Monday 6 January to Friday 14 February
Half-term Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February
Open Monday 24 February to Friday 3 April
Spring Break Monday 6 April to Friday 17 April
Summer Term 2020  
Open Monday 20 April to Friday 22 May
Early May Bank Holiday (VE day) Friday 8 May
Half-term Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May
Open Monday 1 June to Monday 20 July
Autumn Term 2020  
Open Tuesday 1 September to Friday 23 October
Half-term Monday 26 October to 30 October
Open Monday 2 November to Friday 18 December
Christmas Holiday Monday 21 December to Friday 1 January
Spring Term 2021  
Open Monday 4 January to Friday 12 February
Half-term Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February
Open Monday 22 February to Friday 26 March
Spring Break Monday 29 March to Friday 9 April
Summer Term 2021  
Open Monday 12 April to Friday 28 May
May Bank Holiday Monday 3 May
Half-term Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June
Open Monday 7 June to Tuesday 20 July
Autumn Term 2021  
Open Wednesday 1 September to Friday 22 October 2021
Half-term 25 to 29 October 2021
Open Monday 1 November to Friday 17 December 2021
Christmas holiday Monday 20 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022

Guidelines for setting school term dates

The council, along with neighbouring authorities, has set out the following principles for school term dates, please note that these are for guidance only and in a number of cases schools are responsible for setting their own dates:

  • all terms start on a Monday (or Tuesday after a Bank Holiday)
  • October half term is generally the last full week in October
  • a break covering Christmas and New Year
  • February half term will generally be the third full week in February
  • Easter break is renamed the Spring Break and will always be the first two full weeks in April
  • Easter will always be observed via the Bank Holidays for Good Friday and Easter Monday
  • Whitsun half term break will be one week
  • where a school is open for a part-week this will be for a minimum of three days to encourage attendance
  • the five INSET days are to be designated by the individual School Governing Body, but there will be no more than two days in any one term set consecutively

It is advisable that individual schools are contacted for a definitive set of term dates for that particular school.