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 2021/2022

School term dates 2020/2021


Autumn term 2021 – open 73 days


1 September 2021 – 22 October 2021

Half term

25 October 2021 to 29 October 2021


1 November 2021 – 17 December 2021

Christmas Holiday

20 December 2021 to 3 January 2022 (inclusive of Bank Holidays)

Spring term 2022 – open 59 days


4 January 2022 – 18 February 2022

Half term

21 February 2022 to 25 February 2022


28 February 2022 – 1 April 2022

Spring break

4 April 2022 – 18 April 2022  (inclusive of Good Friday and Easter Monday)

Summer term 2022 – open 63 days


19 April 2022 – 27 May 2022 (inclusive of Bank Holiday)

Half term

30 May 2022 to 3 June 2022 (inclusive of Bank Holiday)


6 June 2022 – 22 July 2022

Summer holiday

25 July 2022 to 2 September 2(inclusive of Bank Holiday)

Return to school

Monday 5 September 2022

School term dates for 2022/2023

Autumn term 2022 – open 72 days

School Autumn term 2022 – open 72 days
 Status Date
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
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
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

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.