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 have the freedom to set their own term dates. 

Parents should check the agreed term dates with their children's school(s). Suggested dates for the current year and the next two academic years are shown in the table below. 

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

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

                  2016 to 2017 academic year 2017 to 2018 academic year

Term 1

1 September to 21 October

4 September to 20 October

22 October to 30 October 21 October to 29 October

Term 2

31 October to 16 December

30 October to 21 December

17 December to 2 January 22 December to 7 January

Term 3

3 January to 10 February

8 January to 9 February

11 February to 19 February 10 February to 18 February

Term 4

20 February to 31 March

19 February to 23 March

Holiday 1 April to 17 April 24 March to 8 April

Term 5

18 April to 26 May

9 April to 25 May

Holiday 27 May to 4 June 26 May to 3 June

Term 6

5 June to 24 July

4 June to 24 July

Holiday  25 July to 3 September


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

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.

Each school will decide when their own INSET days take place and will inform 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 advertised school year.

For information about school closures, restricted opening or other special arrangements, please see 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.


Contact: Children and Young People's Team
Address: Customer Contact, PO Box 618, Taunton, TA1 3WF
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Fax: 01823 321187
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm, closed Sunday.


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