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 |
| 2019 to 2020 |
| Start - 3 September |
Finish - 26 October
| Start - 2 September |
Finish - 25 October
| Holiday |
| 27 October to 4 November || 26 October to 3 November |
| Start - 5 November |
Finish - 21 December
| Start - 4 November |
Finish - 20 December
| Holiday |
| 22 December to 6 January || 21 December to 5 January |
| Start - 7 January |
Finish - 15 February
| Start - 6 January |
Finish 14 February
| Holiday |
| 16 February to 24 February || 15 February to 23 February |
| Start - 25 February |
Finish - 5 April
| Start - 24 February |
Finish - 3 April
| Holiday || 6 April to 22 April || 4 April to 19 April |
| Start - 23 April |
Finish - 24 May
| Start - 20 April |
Finish - 22 May
| Holiday || 25 May to 2 June || 23 May to 31 May |
| Start - 3 June |
Finish - 23 July
| Start - 1 June |
Finish - 20 July
| Holiday || 24 July to 1 September || |
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.