School Term Dates & Development Day Closures

School Term Dates

Please click on the link below to view the agreed school term dates for the following academic years:

Term dates for academic year 2015 - 2016 (PDF, 21.71KB, 1 page).

Please be advised that schools can take up to 5 Development Days closures during an academic year which may alter the start/end date of any school term.

Academies and private/independent schools have the freedom to determine and set their own term dates/holidays and inset days.  The Local Authority will continue to set term/holiday dates for maintained schools. 

Term Dates for Academic Year 2016 - 2017

The Government is currently progressing legislation that will require state schools in England to decide their own term dates. This is likely to apply from September 2016, however the necessary legislative changes are not in place yet. Even if the new legislation is approved and it applies from September 2016, the Local Authority will provide a recommended and formally determined school calendar for 2016-17 as a basis for any school level decision. This calendar will be made available on our website in May/June 2015. However we must stress that schools may choose an alternative calendar.  If you have any doubts about dates it is advisable to contact your child's school directly.

Please click on the link below to view the agreed school term dates for the 2016-17 academic year:

Term dates for academic year 2016-17 (PDF, 24.08KB, 2 pages).

School Development Day Closures

Maintained schools are entitled to take five days each year when they work in school without the children present.  These days are for staff training and are important for the development of teaching methods.  These are sometimes known as 'INSET' (In Service Educational Training) days but we refer to them as 'Development Days'.   The Local Authority will publish a list of closures as they are notified to us by the school.

For the 2015/2016 academic year, schools are entitled to five development days - one fixed on the 1st September 2015, and four to be allocated by the school.

To view the current list of school development day closures for 2015/2016 please click here (PDF, 87.2KB, 1 page) 

It is the responsibility of each individual school to notify parents/guardians of their development day closures and to those supplying meals and transport. Please note however that Academies are not required to notify the Local Authority of development days, though we will publish the information where known.  If you have any queries regarding the school closure dates shown please contact your child's school/college directly for clarification in the first instance.