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School term and holiday dates

The local authority is responsible for setting dates for community and voluntary controlled schools. In the interests of consistency for families across the borough, the Council would recommend the adoption of these dates by voluntary aided, foundation, academy and free schools.

Term and holiday dates for the academic year 2016 until 2017:

Autumn 2016 Spring 2017 Summer 2017

Monday 5 September – Friday 28 October
(40 days)

Monday 9 January – Friday 17 February
(30 days)

Tuesday 18 April – Friday 26 May
(28 days)

Half term
31 October – 4 November
Half term
20 - 24 February
Bank holiday - 1 May
Half term
29 May - 2 June
Monday 7 November – Friday 23 December
(35 days)
Monday 27 February – Friday 31 March
(25 days)
Monday 5 June – Tuesday 25 July (37 days)
Christmas holiday 26 December – 6 January Spring break including Easter bank holidays – 3–17 April Summer holiday 26 July – 1 September
Return to school: Monday 4 September 2017

There is a requirement for all maintained schools to be open for the teaching of pupils for 380 sessions (or 190 days) each school year. The remaining five days included in the schedule are for INSET days, which are set by the schools themselves.

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

Cheshire West and Chester Council use a standardised school year. The principles agreed by the Cheshire and Merseyside local authorities (the former ‘Learn Together Partnership’) were adopted in September 2013 following a consultation. The principles are:

*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 amend 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.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

For further information about school term and holiday dates, please see the document below:

Further information