School term and holiday dates

Please note: The State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place at 11am on Monday 19 September, at Westminster Abbey. The day will be a public holiday and all schools in west Cheshire will be closed.

We are responsible for setting dates for community and voluntary controlled schools. In the interests of consistency for families across the borough, we would recommend the adoption of these dates by voluntary aided, foundation, academy and free schools.

Term and holiday dates for the academic year 2022-2023

Autumn 2022

  • Thursday 1 September - Friday 21 October (37 days)*
  • Half term: Monday 24 October - Friday 28 October
  • Monday 31 October - Friday 16 December (35 days)
  • Christmas holiday: Monday 19 December - Monday 2 January

*its assumed that schools will choose to have Thursday 1 September and Friday 2 September as INSET days, however please check with your individual schools for INSET dates

Spring 2023

  • Tuesday 3 January - Friday 17 February (34 days)
  • Half term: Monday 20 February - Friday 24 February
  • Monday 27 February - Friday 31 March (25 days)
  • Spring break: Monday 3 April - Friday 14 April (includes Easter bank holidays)

Summer 2023

  • Monday 17 April - Friday 26 May (29 days)
  • Bank holiday: Monday 1 May
  • Half term: Monday 29 May - Friday 2 June
  • Monday 5 June - Friday 21 July (35 days)
  • Summer holiday: Monday 24 July - Friday 1 September

Return to school: Monday 4 September 2023

The Education (School Day and School Year) (England) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999 No. 3181) requires schools to have at least 380 half-day sessions (190 days) in each school year, beginning with the first term to start after July. This is consistent with the 195 days a year required by a teacher's statutory conditions of service: the additional five days are for in-service training (known as INSET days).

The governing body of a school is responsible for setting five INSET days out of the school calendar. The school should communicate this information to parents – via such channels as a letter and/or school newsletter and also publish it on the school website. They should also provide this information to their local authority.

  • Where schools have more than fifty percent of pupils from a neighbouring local authority (LA) they will be permitted to align their term and holiday dates with that LA
  • Voluntary controlled primary schools are permitted to align their dates with the aided secondary school for which they are a named feeder school

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