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School term dates

The start of half term is Monday 21 October 2019 *

2019/20

*Please note that these dates are those recommended by the Local Authority. Each school is responsible for nominating its own non-pupil dates and occasional holidays. Some schools can set their own terms and non-pupil dates within the academic year.

Go to school information to find individual school term dates for 2019/20.

Autumn termStarts: Monday 2 September 2019
Half term: Monday 21 October to Friday 25 October 2019
Ends: Friday 20 December 2019
Christmas holidayMonday 23 December to Friday 3 January 2020
Spring termStarts: Monday 6 January 2020
Half term: Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February 2020
Ends: Friday 27 March 2020
Easter holidayMonday 30 March to Monday 13 April 2020
Summer termStarts: 14 April 2020
Half term: Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May 2020
Ends: Thursday 23 July 2020
2020/21

*Please note that these dates are those recommended by the Local Authority. Each school is responsible for nominating its own non-pupil dates and occasional holidays. Some schools can set their own terms and non-pupil dates within the academic year.

Autumn termStarts: Thursday 3 September 2020
Half term: Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 2020
Ends: Friday 18 December 2020
Christmas holidayMonday 21 December to Friday 1 January 2021
Spring termStarts: Monday 4 January 2021
Half term: Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February 2021
Ends: Thursday 1 April 2021
Easter holidayFriday 2 April to Friday 16 April 2021
Summer termStarts: Monday 19 April 2021
Half term: Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June 2021
Ends: Tuesday 27 July 2021
2021/22

*Please note that these dates are those recommended by the Local Authority. Each school is responsible for nominating its own non-pupil dates and occasional holidays. Some schools can set their own terms and non-pupil dates within the academic year.

Autumn termStarts: Monday 6 September 2021
Half term: Monday 25 October to Friday 29 October 2021
Ends: Friday 17 December 2021
Christmas holidayMonday 20 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022
Spring termStarts: Tuesday 4 January 2022
Half term: Monday 21 February to Friday 25 February 2022
Ends: Friday 8 April 2022
Easter holidayMonday 11 April to Friday 22 April 2022
Summer termStarts: Monday 25 April 2022
Half term: Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June 2022
Ends: Thursday 28 July 2022

 

Setting school term dates

Local authorities have a duty to determine the school term dates for community and voluntary-controlled schools in their area and recommends these dates for adoption by Governors of Foundation, Voluntary Aided, Trust maintained, Academies and Free Schools. It is hoped that for consistency across Devon that all schools will adopt the recommended term dates. In previous years Devon’s calendar has been based upon the Local Government Association’s standard school year recommendation, but they no longer perform this role.

The school year in Devon is split into the three terms of: autumn, spring and summer. Each term has two half-terms. During the school year, all schools are invited to nominate days when they will close for staff training – these are called non-pupil days or inset days – and for two occasional school holidays.

Term dates are set after consultation with all Devon maintained schools and representatives from union associations to establish 197 school days (including 2 occasional days and 5 staff training days). Devon’s calendar has been created based upon previous years calendars and through discussion with neighbouring authorities to ensure consistency across the South West (where possible). Academies and free schools are not required to provide education for 190 days but the Local Authority encourages them to do so.

Non-pupil dates and opening times

All maintained schools are required to open for 195 days, of which pupils should attend for 190 days during each academic year. Schools are allowed to set two days of occasional holiday and five staff training days from the 197 recommended by the LA.

It is recommended that schools set their occasional days so as to avoid split week holidays, wherever they fall, however, this is the responsibility of school governors not the Local Authority.

Schools are asked to indicate their non-pupil dates to the County Council and opening times after the core dates have been confirmed and published on our website. For the dates and times set for all Devon state-funded schools, please go to the School Information pages.