School holidays England

Are you looking for the date of a specific school holiday in England and Wales? On holiday-calender.net you will find the school holidays in primary and general secondary education for the 2011/2012 school year.

School holidays England and Wales 2011-2012

School holiday Primary education General secondary education
Starting date of students’ school year The first week of Sept. 2011 The first week of Sept. 2011
End of students’ school year Between 20 and 23 July 2012 Between 20 and 23 July 2012
Autumn holidays 1 week
24 – 28 October 2011
1 week
24 – 28 October 2011
Christmas/New Year 2 weeks
Between 19 December 2011 and the first week of January 2012
2 weeks
Between 19 December 2011 and the first week of January 2012
Winter/Carnival 1 week
13 – 17 February 2012
1 week
13 – 17 February 2012
Spring/Easter 2 weeks
2 – 13 April 2012
2 weeks
2 – 13 April 2012
Third term 1 week
1 – 8 June 2012
1 week
1 – 8 June 2012
Summer 6 weeks
Between 23 July and the first
week of September 2012
6 weeks
Between 23 July and the first
week of September 2012
Public/religious holidays 7 May 2012 – early May Bank
Holiday
7 May 2012 – early May Bank
Holiday
Starting date of teachers’
school year
The first week of September 2011 The first week of September 2011
End of teachers’ school year Not Between 20 and 23 July 2012 Between 20 and 23 July 2012

Additional notes: Schools must be open to pupils for at least 380 half day sessions each school year. Teachers are
required to be available for five additional days, ie for 195 days in total. The actual dates on which schools operate are
not laid down centrally; they are set, depending on the legal category of the school, by the local authority (LA) or school governing body.

The table shows the most common patterns for term dates and holidays. Traditionally, the school year is divided into three terms, each of which is divided into two half terms separated by a half term holiday. The dates of school holidays are normally planned to take into account and cover most national public holidays including Easter.
There is currently movement towards the adoption of a standard school year, consistent year on year. The standard school year is divided into six blocks of roughly even length which are more evenly distributed throughout the year: two,
approximately seven-week blocks before Christmas, followed by four approximately six-week blocks afterwards. The spring break is taken around the first two weeks of April irrespective of the timing of Easter. A 2008 Local Government
Association (LGA) survey found that, since its introduction in 2004/05, 79 local authorities out of 125 had adopted the standard school year fully or in part.

Source: Eurydice