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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(s). 

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

                   2017 to 2018
 academic year
 2018 to 2019
 academic year
2019 to 2020
academic year

Term 1

Start - 4 September
Finish - 20 October
Start - 3 September
Finish - 26 October 
Start - 2 September
Finish - 25 October 
Holiday
21 October to 29 October
27 October to 4 November   26 October to 3 November

Term 2

Start - 30 October
Finish - 21 December
Start - 5 November
Finish - 21 December  
Start - 4 November
Finish - 20 December
Holiday
22 December to 7 January
22 December to 6 January  21 December to 5 January

Term 3

Start - 8 January
Finish - 9 February
Start - 7 January
Finish - 15 February 
Start - 6 January
Finish 14 February
Holiday
10 February to 18 February
16 February to 24 February  15 February to 23 February

Term 4

Start - 19 February
Finish - 23 March
Start - 25 February 
Finish - 5 April
Start - 24 February
Finish - 3 April
Holiday 24 March to 8 April
6 April to 22 April  4 April to 19 April

Term 5

Start - 9 April
Finish - 25 May
Start - 23 April
Finish - 24 May 
Start - 20 April
Finish - 22 May
Holiday 26 May to 3 June
25 May to 2 June  23 May to 31 May

Term 6

Start - 4 June
Finish - 24 July
Start - 3 June
Finish - 23 July 
Start - 1 June
Finish - 20 July
Holiday  25 July to 2 September   24 July to 1 September


You can find printable versions of the school term dates and holidays calendar on theSomerset iPost website  

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 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.

Contacts

Contact: Children and Young People's Team
Address: Customer Contact, PO Box 618, Taunton, TA1 3WF
Email: childrens@somerset.gov.uk
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 321187
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

 

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