School holidays and term dates

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

The calendar for 2021-22 has been formally approved by the Cabinet Member, Councillor 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 Platinum Jubilee. The traditional bank holiday has been moved to Thursdsay 2 June and the additional day will be on Friday 3 June. As the Bank holiday takes place during Spring Bank holiday, teaching and non teaching staff will be entitled to an additional day’s leave. The government has therefore legislated to reduce the teaching year from 190 to 189 days. Individual schools will decide when to take the additional day.

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

School Term Dates 2023-24

Following consultation in January and February 2022, the Cabinet Member approved the school term dates for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools for the 2023-24 academic year. The decision became effective from 25 March 2022.

Term dates:

  • Monday 4 September 2023 until Friday 20 October 2023
  • Monday 30 October 2023 until Friday 22 December 2023
  • Monday 8 January 2024 until Friday 9 February 2024
  • Monday 19 February 2024 until Thursday 28 March 2024
  • Monday 15 April 2024 until Friday 24 May 2024
  • Monday 3 June 2024 until Tuesday 23 July 2024

2023-24 bank holidays:

  • 25 and 26 December 2023
  • 1 January 2024
  • 29 March 2024 (Good Friday)
  • 1 April 2024 (Easter Monday)
  • 6 May 2024 (May Day)
  • 27 May 2024 (Spring Bank Holiday)
  • 26 August 2024 (Summer Bank Holiday)

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

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.

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