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School term and holiday dates

Term and holiday schedule for the academic year 2015 until 2016:

Autumn 2015 Spring 2016 Summer 2016

1 September - 23 October

(39 days)

4 January - 12 February

(30 days)

18 April - 27 May

(29 days)

Half term

26-30 October

Half term

15 - 19 February

Bank holiday - 2 May

Half term

30 May - 3 June

2 November - 18 December

(35 days)

22 February - 1 April

(28 days)

6 June - 21 July (34 days)
Christmas holiday 19 December - 3 January Easter bank holidays - 25 March and 28 March
Spring break 4 - 15 April
Summer holiday 22 July - 2 September
Return to school: Monday 5 September 2016

Individual school holiday and term dates

For an individual school's term and holiday dates and their INSET days, please contact the school directly or check their website.

Term and holiday dates from 2016 to 2019

The dates, in the main, follow the standardised school year pattern. The pattern was adopted by Cheshire West and Chester in September 2013 following a formal consultation exercise.

The principles have been agreed and adopted by members of the Learn Together Partnership (LTP). The Authorities who form the LTP are: Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire East Council, Wirral Council, Liverpool City Council, Sefton Council, Knowsley Council, St Helen’s Council, Warrington Borough Council and Halton Borough Council. The principles of the standardised school year are as follows:

*Following discussions in 2015 between the Local Authority and head teacher colleagues, it was agreed the pattern be slightly altered. School heads wished to make the autumn half term one week later than is traditionally the case, in order to make the second half term of the autumn term the shorter one for pupils for example an eight/seven week split. As such, it was agreed to remove the principle of always having October half term to be the last full week in October. By coming to this mutual agreement it is hoped it will encourage as many schools as possible within the Borough to adopt the pattern and therefore ensure consistency for our families.*

Deregulation Act 2015 – Schools, Reduction of Burdens

You may be aware that during last year there was a Deregulation Bill being progressed through Parliament, which proposed that all schools, regardless of category, would have the ability to determine their own term dates. The Bill became an Act after receiving Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. There does however seem to be mixed messages nationally with regards to whether the Act, or any part of it has since been rescinded. The Council has sought clarification from the Department for Education (DfE) on this matter who confirmed that the provision in the Deregulation Act 2015, schedule 16 which gives the governing bodies of community, voluntary controlled, community special schools, and maintained nursery schools in England the responsibility for setting their own school term and holiday dates will not be commenced. These schools will not therefore be given the power to set their own term dates and are required to adopt the dates stipulated by the Local Authority.

The legislation was part of a drive to reduce unnecessary burdens on schools. The Department for Education (DfE) informally consulted with a wide range of stakeholders both before and during the passage of the Deregulation Bill. DfE confirmed responses were mixed with some supporting the move and others expressing reservations. DfE reflected on the concerns raised and also noted there was not a significant response from maintained schools to suggest they wanted this freedom. In the light of this, DfE concluded that it would not be appropriate to commence with widening this to those maintained schools. .

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