When are my school holidays?


When are my school holidays? 

As a member of school staff you should be aware of these in advance and can refer to your staff handbook and school calendar for more information.

All schools and academies set their own term dates so dates may vary from school to school. Please check details with individual schools.

This can be problematic if you are trying to take time off and your children are in school in a different local authority.

In this support article, we link to the GOV.UK school holiday checker tool, refer to examples of school holiday dates and what to do if you encounter an issue with your school holidays.

School holiday dates: when are they?

You can find your school term, half-term and holidays dates on your local council’s website. 

GOV.UK has created a tool, where you just need to enter your postcode which will redirect you to your council website. 

This is available in England and Wales only.

Local authorities tend to set out their school term and holiday dates in different formats. We look at a couple of examples below.

School term and holiday dates: examples

St Helens Borough Council has agreed the adoption of a standard school term and holiday pattern with the Greater Merseyside Authorities. The standard school holiday pattern for 2022-23 is below:

Holiday Schools Close Schools Open
Summer N/A Thursday 1 September 2022
Autumn Half Term Friday 21 October 2022 Monday 31 October 2022
Christmas Wednesday 21 December 2022 Wednesday 4 January 2023
Spring Half Term Friday 10 February 2023 Monday 20 February 2023
Easter Break Friday 31 March 2023 Monday 17 April 2023
May Day Bank Holiday Friday 28 April 2023 Tuesday 2 May 2023
Summer Half Term Friday 26 May 2023 Monday 5 June 2023
Summer Wednesday 19 July 2023 N/A

You can find the specific details of each individual school in the ‘related documents section’.

In the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham the term and holiday dates for 2022-2023 are:

Autumn term 2022 – 72 days
Starts Thursday 1 September 2022
Half-term Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October 2022
Ends Friday 16 December 2022

The Christmas break starts on Monday 19 December 2022 and ends on Monday 2 January 2023.

Spring term 2023 – 59 days
Starts Tuesday 3 January 2023
Half-term Monday 13 February to Friday 17 February 2023
Ends Friday 31 March 2023

The Easter break starts on Monday 3 April and ends on Friday 14 April 2023.

Summer term 2023 – 63 days
Starts Monday 17 April 2023
Half-term Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June 2023
Ends Friday 21 July 2023

What should I do if I have booked a holiday in advance and the term dates have now changed?

If you are an Edapt subscriber you can contact us for further advice and support.

Similarly, if your INSET days have changed.

Normally it is seen as good practice to give at least 12 months notice for any changes to the school calendar, however, there is nothing stopping schools changing their term or holiday dates.

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