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School Term Dates

These term dates apply to community and voluntary controlled schools only; academy schools, voluntary aided and foundation schools are responsible for setting their own dates. However we recommend that all parents check the terms dates their child’s school have published on the school’s own website in case they differ from the below dates.

Please see below for the term dates for the next two academic years.

2015 – 2016 Academic Year

Autumn term 2015

Start of termHalf termEnd of term
2 September 201526 October 2015 - 30 October 201518 December 2015

Spring term 2016

Start of termHalf termEnd of term
4 January 201615 February 2016 - 19 February 20161 April 2016*

Summer term 2016

Start of termHalf termEnd of term
18 April 201630 May 2016 - 3 June 201625 July 2016

Click here to open a pdf of the term dates for 2015-2016

* Please note that the end of term break between the Spring and Summer terms in 2016 do not coincide with the Easter weekend.

Hertfordshire County Council sets term dates based on the recommendations of the Term Dates Working Group. The working group includes representatives from both the primary and secondary sectors, as well as from teaching unions.  With regard to the 2015/2016 academic year, the working group carefully considered the timing of the Easter break.  While incorporating the Easter bank holidays within a two-week break can often be desirable, this would have resulted in a very short spring term; particularly in 2016.  The overriding view, particular from primary sector representatives, was that a break in the first two weeks of April, giving more evenly distributed spring and summer term-lengths, was more desirable and conducive for the effective delivery of the curriculum.

2016 – 2017 Academic Year

Autumn term 2016

Start of termHalf termEnd of term
01 September 201624 October 2016 - 28 October 201621 December 2016

Spring term 2017

Start of termHalf termEnd of term
05 January 201713 February 2017 - 17 February 201731 March 2017

Summer term 2017

Start of termHalf termEnd of term
18 April 201729 May 2017 - 2 June 201724 July 2017

Click here to open a pdf of the term dates for 2016-2017

Please note that Community and Voluntary Controlled schools are required to follow the above dates but will also add 5 INSET days and 1 Occasional day for which children will not be required to attend school.  Please check with individual schools directly for the specific dates when pupils will be required to be in school.

Academy, Voluntary Aided Foundation and Free Schools are not required to follow the above dates.  Please check directly with these schools for their arrangements.

2017 – 2018 Academic Year

Autumn term 2017

Start of termHalf termEnd of term
30 August 201723 October 2017 - 27 October 201719 December 2017

Spring term 2018

Start of termHalf termEnd of term
3 January 201812 February 2018 - 16 February 201829 March 2018

Summer term 2018

Start of termHalf termEnd of term
16 April 201828 May 2018 - 1 June 201827 July 2018

Click here to open a pdf of the term dates for 2017-2018

Please note that Community and Voluntary Controlled schools are required to follow the above dates but will also add 5 INSET days and 6 Occasional days for which children will not be required to attend school.  Please check with individual schools directly for the specific dates when pupils will be required to be in school.

Academy, Voluntary Aided Foundation and Free Schools are not required to follow the above dates.  Please check directly with these schools for their arrangements.

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