Term dates for schools

Taking holidays during school term-time

As part of a wider drive to cut term-time absences, Cheshire East Council’s Education Welfare Service has produced a guide which highlights the importance of keeping children in school throughout the year.

The  Taking children on holiday during term time (PDF, 129KB) from the  Education Welfare Service explains the legal obligation parents and carers have to ensure their children regularly attend school, how parents should apply to take their children out of class for a holiday and the penalties that may be imposed for ‘unauthorised’ absences during term-time.

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 2019/2020

School term dates 2019/2020

StatusDate

Autumn term 2019 – open 73 days

open

2 September 2019 – 25 October 2019

Half term

28 October 2019 to 1 November 2019

open

4 November 2019 – 18 December 2019

Christmas Holiday

19 December 2019 to 3 January 2020

Spring term 2020 – open 60 days

open

6 January 2020 – 14 February 2020

Half term

17 February 2020 to 21 February 2020

open

24 February 2020 – 3 April 2020

Spring break

6 April 2020 – 17 April 2020  (inclusive of Good Friday and Easter Monday)

Summer term 2020 – open 62 days

open

20 April 2020 – 22 May 2020

Half term

25 May 2020 to 29 May 2020 (inclusive of Bank Holiday)

open

1 June 2020 – 22 July 2020

Summer holiday

23 July 2020 to 31 August 2020 (inclusive of Bank Holiday)

Return to school

Tuesday 1 September 2020

School term dates for 2020/2021

School term dates 2020/2021

StatusDate

Autumn term 2020 – open 74 days

open

1 September 2020 – 23 October 2020

Half term

26 October 2020 to 30 October 2020

open

2  November 2020 – 18 December 2020

Christmas Holiday

21 December 2020 to 1 January 2021 (inclusive of Bank Holidays)

Spring term 2021 – open 59 days

open

4 January 2021 – 12 February 2021

Half term

15 February 2021 to 19 February 2021

open

22 February 2021 – 1 April 2021

Spring break

2 April 2021 – 16 April 2021  (inclusive of Good Friday and Easter Monday)

Summer term 2021 – open 62 days

open

19 April 2021 – 28 May 2021

Half term

31 May 2021 to 4 June 2021 (inclusive of Bank Holiday)

open

7 June 2021 – 21 July 2021

Summer holiday

22 July 2021 to 3 September 2021 (inclusive of Bank Holiday)

Return to school

Wednesday 1 September 2021

School term dates for 2021/2022

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.