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School Terms and Holidays

What are the school terms and holidays in England and Scotland?




School Year Begins

Approx 4 September

Approx 20 August

Sept Weekend


Fri & Mon of 3rd wk in Sept


5 days (Wk 3 or 4)

5 days (Wk 2 or 3)


2 weeks

2 weeks


5 days

1 day


2 weeks

2 weeks

May day

1 day

1 day

May (end of)

5 days


School Year Ends

3rd week in July

Last week in June

School Terms in England (Kent)

Term 1

September to October

7 weeks 2 days

Term 2

November to December

7 weeks

Term 3

January to February

5 weeks 4 days

Term 4

February to March

6 weeks

Term 5

April to May

5 weeks 2 days

Term 6
June to July
7 weeks 2 days
Total days
195 days



First Day of Term 1

Wednesday 1 September 2010

Last Day of Term 1

Friday 22nd October 2010

First Day of Term 2

Monday 1st November 2010

Last Day of Term 2

Friday 17th December 2010

First Day of Term 3

Tuesday 4th January 2011

Last Day of Term 3

Friday 18 th February 2011

First Day of Term 4

Monday 28th February 2011

Last Day of Term 4

Friday 8th April 2011

First Day of Term 5

Tuesday 26th April 2011

School Closed – Bank Holiday

Monday 2nd May 2011

Last Day of Term 5

Friday 27th May 2011

First Day of Term 6

Monday 6th June 2011

Last Day of Term 6

Friday 22nd July 2011

School days in other countries

American students 180 days

Australian students 198 days

Israeli students 216 days

German students 220 days

Japanese students 243 days

School Holidays

The main summer holiday (6 weeks) is from mid-July to early September. Children also have 2 weeks holiday at Christmas and at Easter, plus a week in mid-October and in mid-February. Exact dates vary between each education authority.

See our School terms and School Holidays for this year

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