Term dates for schools

Parents and carers have a legal obligation to make sure their children attend school regularly. You can only take a child out of school when there are exceptional circumstances. You do not have the right to take children on holiday in term time and may be fined if you do. 


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 for 2022/2023

Autumn term 2022 – open 72 days

School Autumn term 2022 – open 72 days
StatusDate
open  1 September 2022 – 21 October 2022*Most schools are expected to take Thursday 1 and Friday 2 September as INSET days, with pupils returning to school on Monday 5 September
Half term 24 October 2022 to 28 October 2022
open 31 October 2022 – 16 December 2022
Christmas holiday 19 December 2022 to 2 January 2023  (inclusive of Bank Holidays)

Spring term 2023 – open 59 days

Spring term 2023 – open 59 days
StatusDate
open 3 January 2023 – 17 February 2023
Half term 20 February 2023 to 24 February 2023
open 27 February 2023 – 31 March 2023
Spring break 3 April 2023 – 14 April 2023  (inclusive of Good Friday and Easter Monday)

Summer term 2023 – open 64 days

Summer term 2023 – open 64 days
StatusDate
open 17 April 2023 – 26 May 2023 (inclusive of Bank Holiday)
Half term 29 May 2023 to 2 June 2023 (inclusive of Bank Holiday)
open 5 June 2023 – 21 July 2023
Summer holiday 24 July 2023 to 1 September 2023 (inclusive of Bank Holiday)
Return to School Monday 4 September 2023

School term dates for 2023/2024

Autumn term 2023 – open 75 days

School Autumn term 2022 – open 72 days
StatusDate
open  4 September 2023 – 20 October 2023 (35 days)
Half term 23 October 2023 to 27 October 2023
open 30 October 2023 – 22 December 2023 (40 days)
Christmas holiday 25 December 2023 to 5 January 2024 (inclusive of Bank Holidays)

Spring term 2024 – open 54 days

Spring term 2023 – open 59 days
StatusDate
open 8 January 2024 – 16 February 2024 (30 days)
Half term 19 February 2024 to 23 February 2024
open 26 February 2024 – 28 March 2024 (24 days)
Spring break 29 March 2024 – 12 April 2024 (inclusive of Good Friday and Easter Monday)

Summer term 2024 – open 66 days

Summer term 2023 – open 64 days
StatusDate
open 15 April 2024 – 24 May 2024  (inclusive of Bank Holiday)
Half term 27 May 2024 to 31 May 2024 (inclusive of Bank Holiday)
open 3 June 2024 – 23 July 2023 (37 days)
Summer holiday 24 July 2024 to 1 September 2024 (inclusive of Bank Holiday)
Return to School Monday 2 September 2024

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

  • Where possible all terms to start on a Monday (or a Tuesday if so necessitated by a Bank Holiday).

  • Autumn half term will be the full week prior to the first Tuesday in November

  • Spring half term will be the third full week in February unless Easter is early, in which case the middle week of the spring term is selected

  • Easter will be incorporated into the holidays, keeping the holiday period as close to the first two weeks of April as possible, therefore, Easter will be at the start, middle or end of the two-week break

  • 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.

Page last reviewed: 02 December 2021