School Term Dates & Development Day Closures

School Term Dates


Term Dates for Academic Year 2016 - 2017

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).

Term Dates for Academic Year 2017 - 2018

Please click on the link below to view the agreed school term dates for the 2017-18 academic year:

Term dates for academic year 2017-18

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. 


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 2016/2017 academic year, schools are entitled to five development days - one fixed on the 5th September 2016, and four to be allocated by the school.

To view the current list of school development day closures for 2016/2017 please click here (PDF, 92KB, 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.