Term dates for schools

Please note these term dates are for guidance only.

Some schools set their own term dates or agree minor local variations so you should also consult your school's own website for their individual school dates.

School term dates 2016/2017

School term dates 2016/17
Autumn term 2016 – open 74 days


5 September 2016 – 21 October 2016
Half term 24 October to 28 October 2016
open 31 October 2016 – 22 December 2016
Christmas Holiday 23 December to 6 January 2017
Spring term 2017 – open 55 days
open 9 January 2017 – 17 February 2017
Half term 20 February to 24 February 2017
open 27 February 2017 – 31 March 2017
Spring break 3 April to 17 April 2017 (inclusive of Good Friday and Easter Monday)
Summer term 2017 – open 66 days
open 18 April 2017 – 26 May 2017
Half term 29 May 2017 to 2 June 2017
open 5 June 2017 – 26 July 2017
Summer holiday 27 July to 1 September 2017
Return to school Monday 4 September 2017

School term dates 2017/2018

School term dates 2017/2018
Autumn term 2017 – open 73 days
open 4 September 2017 – 20 October 2017
Half term 23 October to 27 October 2017
open 30 October 2017 – 20 December 2017
Christmas Holiday 21 December to 5 January 2018
Spring term 2018 – open 54 days
open 8 January 2018 – 16 February 2018
Half term 19 February to 23 February 2018
open 26 February 2018 – 29 March 2018
Spring break 30 March to 13 April 2018 (inclusive of Good Friday and Easter Monday)
Summer term 2018 – open 68 days
open 16 April 2018 – 25 May 2018

Half term

28 May 2018 to 1 June 2018
open 4 June 2018 – 26 July 2018
Summer holiday 27 July to 31 August 2018
Return to school Monday 3 September 2018

Setting term dates for Cheshire East schools

The Local Authority is responsible for setting dates for community and controlled schools, which are recommended for adoption by voluntary-aided, foundation, academies and free schools. Clusters of schools may agree minor local variations with the Local Authority.

In academies and free schools the duty lies with the governing board, or with the trust, depending on their agreements on delegation of responsibilities.

In all cases it is expected the best interests of children/ students will be the key consideration in setting term dates. Primary and secondary headteachers are expected to consult and agree the most appropriate pattern for their shared learning community.

Term dates will be set and published on the school website at least two school years in advance.

Principles for setting term dates in Cheshire East

The principles agreed by the Cheshire and Merseyside Local Authorities (the former “Learn Together Partnership”) were adopted in Cheshire East following consultation and positive responses from schools, diocesan bodies, and the public in 2011/2012. The relevant principles are:

  • All terms to start on a Monday (or a Tuesday if so necessitated by a Bank Holiday).
  • Autumn half term will always be the last full week in October
  • Spring half term will always be the third full week in February
  • the Easter break will always be the first two full weeks in April (regardless of where Easter itself actually falls)
  • Easter will always be observed by school closures on the bank holidays for Good Friday and Easter Monday
  • the Whitsun half term break will be one week, unless, in the case of primary schools, the Governing Board agrees an additional week; in such cases the summer term will end one week later than for other schools
  • where a school is open for part of a week to pupils, this will be for a minimum of three school days (to encourage attendance)
  • the five “INSET” days are all to be designated by the individual Governing Board, but there will be no more than two days set consecutively for this purpose.

Required number of days

There is a requirement for all maintained schools to be open for the teaching of pupils/students for 380 sessions (or 190 days) each school year. Academies and free schools have the freedom if they so choose to extend their sessions for pupils beyond this.