We're responsible for setting term dates for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools, including special schools. All schools must provide 190 days of education a year.

Schools also need to have 5 teacher professional development days. Professional development days are not fixed and each school will decide for itself when and how to take these days. Schools may close for a full day, part of a day, or have all of their professional development training after normal school hours. Your school will tell you if they will affect your child.

We use a common set of term dates across the city, but schools that have their own Admission Authority can set their own term dates and our calendars may not apply to them.

These schools include:

  • academies
  • foundations
  • trusts
  • voluntary aided schools

School holidays and term dates 2018-19

These are the term time and holiday dates for the next academic year.

Easter break fixed

During consultation on the 2017-18 term dates, we received a very strong response in favour of fixing the Easter break. As a result, we're proposing a single model that fixes the break at the beginning of April 2019 for all our schools. Please note that the bank holidays fall on 19 and 22 April, which is outside the proposed break.

School holidays and term dates 2019-20

Download the school calendar for the 2019-20 academic year and read the decision letter for why these dates where chosen.

School closures for religious observance

If your school plans to close for religious holidays then they will let you know ahead of time and will ensure that all 190 teaching days are achieved.

School calendar 2017-18 consultation

  • Following consultation in 2016, the school calendar for 2017/2018 was approved by our Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families on 21 July 2016. 

    There were over 1200 responses to the consultation with the overwhelming majority (71%) of respondents preferring Option 2 which fixes the Easter Break in the first 2 weeks of April.

    You can read  details of the consultation in Appendix D below.