A Quick Guide To UK School Holidays.
In England and Wales, the school year traditionally runs from the first week of September to mid July of the following academic year. The Scottish school year begins in mid August.
Most schools operate a three term school year system. Each term is 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 late 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 (late June for Scottish schools).
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 separate the autumn term from the spring term and the Easter holidays separate the spring term from the summer term.
Though some education authorities are now setting a fixed spring break in place of a moveable Easter break.
The UK school summer holidays which begin in mid July (late June for Scottish Schools), 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 only.
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.