A Quick Guide To UK School Holidays.
In England and Wales, the school year generally runs from the first week of September to mid July of the following academic year.
Most schools operate a three term school year, each term divided in half by a holiday commonly known in the UK as the Half Term Break.
The Autumn school term runs from early September to mid December (half term falls in late October). The Spring Term runs from: Early January to Easter (half term falls in mid February).
The summer school term runs from: Easter to mid July.
Half term falls in late May and occasionally into early June.
British school terms are separated by two holidays, each consisting of approximately two weeks duration.
The Christmas holidays separating the autumn term and spring term and the Easter holidays separating the spring term and the summer term.
The UK school summer holidays which begin in late July, usually consisting of six weeks and mark the end and beginning of the academic year.
How Our School Half Term Holidays Work
Some similar websites to ours list the UK school holiday dates using PDF files or online calendars.
We know the most accurate source of school holiday information comes direct from the local education authorities.
The school authorities do change holiday details quite often (such as for teacher training / closure due to adverse weather etc).
This is why we have chosen to provide you with a direct link to every education authority in the UK, France, Ireland and even Australia.
You can be sure that in a few clicks, you will have the latest officially published school holidays displayed online.
UK School Half Term Dates 2013, 2014 and 2015
Click here for the latest school holidays and term dates for England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. When is the next half term break in the UK?
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UK Public Bank Holiday Dates - Easter Holidays 2013, 2014 and 2015
Click here for a list of Bank Holiday Dates and special occasions in the United Kingdom. Plan your next school holidays. Official Easter holidays for 2013, 2014 and 2015.
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School Holidays in Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand
Click here for school holiday dates for popular Australian cities and destinations. Plan a vacation around the school holidays when travelling to Australia, Tasmania or spectacular New Zealand.
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School Holidays in France
The French school holidays and half term breaks are set using 3 zones. The following page will help you understand when the schools in France are closed.
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Irish School Holidays and Mid Term Dates
Research the official half term breaks and school holidays in Ireland. The Irish authorities do not enforce the same holidays as the UK. Noticeable differences being the lack of early June half term and a 9 week long summer holiday. Commencing end of June for most Irish schools.
School Holidays in Ireland
Half Term Breaks - Children Friendly Holidays
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Many different users can benefit from our school holiday information, the travel industry use our school term links as a guide when setting their prices, working parents use it to pre-book child-minders and the casual traveller uses our holiday data to get great last minute offers on travel to Great Britain during (or out of) the UK school term times.
We aim to provide you with accurate information about UK holidays and half term dates. Our holiday dates and links are checked on a regular basis for accuracy, as often as once per week.
We also list school holidays for other countries that are popular travel destinations with English speaking tourists, such as France, Ireland and Australia.
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