Somerset County Council

School term dates and holidays


These are the term dates and holidays for community and voluntary controlled schools. 

Academies, free schools, foundation schools and voluntary-aided schools are free to set their own term dates. 

Parents should check the agreed term dates with their children's school. 

We use a six term system. The school holidays between terms 1 and 2, 3 and 4, and 5 and 6 are what are often referred to as 'half-term'.

                   2018 to 2019
 academic year
 2019 to 2020
 academic year

 Term 1

 Start - 3 September
 Finish - 26 October 
 Start - 2 September
 Finish - 25 October 
 27 October to 4 November   26 October to 3 November

 Term 2

 Start - 5 November
 Finish - 21 December  
 Start - 4 November
 Finish - 20 December
 22 December to 6 January   21 December to 5 January

 Term 3

 Start - 7 January
 Finish - 15 February 
 Start - 6 January
 Finish 14 February
 16 February to 24 February   15 February to 23 February

 Term 4

 Start - 25 February 
 Finish - 5 April
 Start - 24 February
 Finish - 3 April
 Holiday  6 April to 22 April   4 April to 19 April

 Term 5

 Start - 23 April
 Finish - 24 May 
 Start - 20 April
 Finish - 22 May
 Holiday  25 May to 2 June   23 May to 31 May

 Term 6

 Start - 3 June
 Finish - 23 July 
 Start - 1 June
 Finish - 20 July
 Holiday   24 July to 1 September

INSET days 
These are training and development days for school staff. For maintained schools there are five during each academic year.

Each year there are 195 school days, and maintained schools can choose 5 INSET days which best suit them. So, pupils attend maintained schools for 190 days each year.

Each school decides when their own INSET days are and will tell parents directly. Usually they are taken at the beginning or end of a school holiday, but they can be arranged for any day of the school year.

Information about school closures, restricted opening or other special arrangements, is on the Somerset Learning Platform.

Absence from school during term time
To do well, children and young people need to attend school. There are 14 complete weeks' holiday in a school year and family holidays should be taken during these school holiday periods so that children's education is not disrupted.

Parents and carers may request leave during term time and the decision whether these requests are authorised rests with the child's headteacher. Requests are usually only authorised where there are exceptional circumstances preventing the holiday being taken outside of term time.

For more information see the GOV.UK School attendance and absence web page.


Contact: Children and Young People's Team
Address: Customer Contact, PO Box 618, Taunton, TA1 3WF
Phone: 0300 123 2224 (please select option 1)
Fax: 01823 321187

Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed. 

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