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 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

School term dates 2018/2019

School term dates 2018/2019
Autumn term 2018 – open 74 days
open 3 September 2018 – 26 October 2018
Half term 29 October 2018 to 2 November 2018
open 5 November 2018 – 20 December 2018
Christmas Holiday 21 December 2018 to 4 January 2019
Spring term 2019 – open 60 days
open 7 January 2019 – 15 February 2019
Half term 18 February 2019 to 22 February 2019
open 25 February 2019 – 5 April 2019
Spring break 8 April 2019 to 22 April 2019 (inclusive of Good Friday and Easter Monday)
Summer term 2019 – open 61 days
open 23 April 2019 – 24 May 2019

Half term

27 May 2019 to 31 May 2019
open 3 June 2019 – 24 July 2019
Summer holiday 25 July 2019 to 30 August 2019
Return to school Monday 2 September 2019

Schools are submitting their individual term dates so this document will continue to be updated.

School term dates for 2019/20 and 2020/2021

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 for setting school term dates are to be renegotiated by the North West Local Authority group and the first set of dates that may be affected by this renegotiation will be for the 2020/21 academic year.

  • 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.