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 term and holiday dates

2020-2021

The School Calendar for the 2020/21 was formally approved on 27 March 2019. A copy of the final report and the approved calendar are attached for information. We are responsible for setting the Calendar for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools only. Academies, Voluntary Aided and Foundation Schools can adopt our calendar or set their own.

Holiday dates:

  • 26 to 30 October 2020
  • 21 December to 31 December 2020
  • 1 January 2021
  • 15 to 19 February 2021
  • 2 to 16 April 2021
  • 3 May 2021
  • 31 May to 4 June 2021
  • 22 July to 31 August 2021

2021-2022

The Calendar for 2021-22 has been formally approved by the Cabinet Member, Cllr Abtisam Mohamed. In line with the school calendars from 2018, the approved calendar continues to set the Easter at the beginning of April.

The 2021-22 calendar includes an additional bank holiday for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The traditional bank holiday has been moved to Thursdsay 2 June and the additional day will be on Friday 3 June.

Term time:

  • 1 September 2021 to 22 October 2021
  • 1 November 2021 to 17 December 2021
  • 4 January 2022 to 11 February 2022
  • 21 February 2022 to 1 April 2022
  • 19 April 2022 to 28 May 2022
  • 6 June 2022 to 22 July 2022

Holiday dates:

  • 25 to 29 October 2021
  • 20 December to 31 December 2021
  • 3 January 2022
  • 14 to 18 February 2022
  • 4 to 18 April 2022
  • 2 May 2022
  • 30 May to 3 June 2022
  • 25 July to 31 August 2022

You can also read full details of the Cabinet's decision.

School Term Dates 2022-23

Following consultation in January and February 2021, the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills approved the attached school term dates for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools for the 2022-23 academic year. The decision became effective from 31 March 2021.

Term time:

  • Thursday 1 September 2022 until Friday 21 October 2022
  • Monday 31 October 2022 until Friday 16 December 2022
  • Tuesday 3 January 2023 until Friday 10 February 2023
  • Monday 20 February 2023 until Friday 31 March 2023
  • Monday 17 April 2023 until Friday 26 May 2023
  • Monday 5 June 2023 until Friday 21 July 2023

Holiday dates:

  • 24 to 28 October 2022
  • 19 to 30 December 2022
  • 2 January 2023
  • 13 to 17 February 2023
  • 3 to 14 April 2023
  • 1 May 2023
  • 29 May to 2 June 2023
  • 1 to 2 June 2023
  • 24 July to 31 August 2023

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 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.