Somerset County Council

School term dates and holidays

Somerset County Council publishes school term dates and holiday information.  Academies, free schools, foundation schools and voluntary-aided schools have the freedom to set their own term dates; SCC consults on and publishes term dates and holidays for community and voluntary controlled schools. Parents are strongly advised to check the agreed term dates with their children's school(s). Suggested dates for the current year and the following two academic years is shown in the table below. 

Printable calendar versions of school term dates and holidays are available from our Somerset iPost website 

                   2015-2016 academic year 2016-2017 academic year 
Term 1 1 September -
23 October 2015
1 September -
21 October 2016 
Term 2 2 November -
18 December 2015
31 October -
16 December 2016 
Term 3 4 January -
12 February 2016
3 January -
10 February 2017 
Term 4 22 February -
24 March 2016
20 February -
31 March 2017 
Term 5 11 April -
27 May 2016
18 April -
26 May 2017 
Term 6 6 June -
20 July 2016
5 June -
24 July 2017 

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

Each school will determine when their own INSET days take place and will inform parents directly. Usually they are taken at the beginning or end of an existing school holiday, but they can be arranged for any day of the advertised school year.

For information about school closures, restricted opening or other special arrangements, please see the Somerset Learning Platform.

Each year a total of 195 school days are identified and maintained schools are able to choose 5 INSET days which best suit them. In other words, pupils attend maintained school for 190 days each year. It is the responsibility of each school to notify its parents and staff which dates have been identified for INSET.

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 Somerset County Council and the Government believe that 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 head teacher. 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, Somerset TA1 3WF
Contact no: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 321187
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, closed Sunday.


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