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Hertfordshire County Council

Current term

2017/18 school year

Start of term: 30 August 2017

Half term holiday: 23 October 2017 – 27 October 2017

Christmas holiday: 20 December 2017 – 2 January 2018

Half term holiday: 12 February 2018 – 16 February 2018

Easter holiday: 30 March 2018 – 13 April 2018

Half term holiday: 28 May 2018 – 1 June 2018

Summer holiday: 30 July 2018 – 31 August 2018

School term dates 2017/18 PDF


INSET days and Occasional days

Community and voluntary-controlled schools use the above term dates but will also add 5 INSET days and 6 Occasional days where children don't need to go to school. 

Academies, voluntary-aided, foundation and free schools aren't required to follow the above term dates. 

Check with your school for their specific term dates.


2018/19 school year

Start of term: 3 September 2018

Half term holiday: 29 October 2018 - 2 November 2018

Christmas holiday: 22 December 2018 - 4 January 2019

Half term holiday: 18 February 2019 - 22 February 2019

Easter holiday: 8 April 2019 - 22 April 2019

Half term holiday: 27 May 2019 - 31 May 2019

Summer holiday: 25 July 2019 - 1 September 2019

School term dates 2018/19

 

Last year's term dates

School term dates 2016/17 (PDF)

 

How we set term dates

We set term dates to make sure children get the most out of their time at school. We set them based on 7 principles.

1.  School and teacher representatives set an annual window of 196 days. Schools must divide the days between:

  • 190 days pupil attendance
  • 5 professional development days
  • 1 day for occasional holiday

2.  When 2 weeks are set they should include 3 weekends.

3.  School terms should be in full weeks Monday to Friday. If this isn't possible, there should be at least 2 working days.

4.  All half-terms must be full weeks.

5.  The Christmas break should contain 2 full weeks where possible.

6.  Holidays should be as close to neighbouring counties as possible.

7.  The year 7 taster day for new secondary school pupils must be the second Thursday in July.