The School Year

The academic year in the UK begins in September and follows through to the following July. There are 195 school days and these are divided into three terms;

Autumn term – September to December with a one week, mid-term break around the middle of October. Christmas holidays are two weeks long.

Spring term – January to April with a one week mid-term break around the middle of February. The Easter holidays are two weeks long.

Summer term – April to July with a one week mid-term break around the beginning of June. The summer holidays are normally six weeks long.

Some local authorities have started to work on a six term year, but the holidays are generally at the same time. If Easter falls outside the scheduled holiday, it becomes an additional bank holiday weekend.

In addition to this, there are Public and Bank holidays, these are shown below.

All up, there are thirteen weeks of the year when schools are closed – perfect time to book those exciting European trips away!

Bank & Public Holidays

  2018 2019 2020
New Years Day Holiday 1st January 1st January 1st January
Good Friday 30th March 19th April 10th April
Easter Monday 2nd April 22nd April 13th April
Early May Bank Holiday 7th May 6th May 4th May
Spring Bank Holiday 28th May 27th May 25th May
Summer Bank Holiday 27th August 26th August 31st August
Christmas Day 25th December 25th December 25th December
Boxing Day 26th December 26th December 28th December


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