School Term Dates and INSET Days

Please see below for the term dates for community and voluntary-controlled schools.  These dates are also recommended for all other schools (academy, foundation trust and voluntary-aided schools).  Please contact the individual academy, foundation trust or voluntary-aided school to find out about any variations to the dates below and their distribution of INSET days.  To find out what status a school is, visit the Contact Details page.

2015/16 Term Dates for Community and Voluntary-Controlled Schools

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PDF version of the 2015/2016 term dates

Autumn term 2015 (72 days)
03 September - 18 December
(Half term 26 - 30 October)

Spring term 2016 (54 days)
04 January - 24 March
(Half term 15 - 19 February)

Summer term 2016 (69 days)
11 April - 22 July
(Half term 30 May - 3 June)

Public Holidays 2015/16

  • Christmas Day - 25 December 2015
  • Boxing Day - 28 December 2015
  • New Year's Day 01 January 2016
  • Good Friday 25 March 2016
  • Easter Monday - 28 March 2016
  • Early May Holiday - 2 May 2016
  • Spring Bank Holiday - 30 May 2016
  • Summer Bank Holiday  -29 August 2016

PDF version of the 2016/17 term dates

Autumn term 2016 (70 days)
5 September - 16 December
(Half term 24-28 October)

Spring term 2017 (59 days)
3 January - 31 March
(Half term 13-17 February)

Summer term 2017 (66 days)
18 April - 26 July
(Half term 30 May-2 June)

Public holidays 2016/17

  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day -  26 and 27 December 2016
  • New Year's Day - 2 January 2017
  • Good Friday - 14 April 2017
  • Easter Monday - 17 April 2017
  • Early May Holiday - 1 May 2017
  • Spring Bank Holiday - 29 May 2017
  • Summer Bank Holiday - 28 August 2017

PDF version of the 2017/18 term dates

Autumn term 2017 (73 days)
4 September - 20 December
(Half term 23-27 October)

Spring term 2018 (56 days)
4 January - 29 March
(Half term 12-16 February)

Summer term 2018 (66 days)
16 April - 24 July
(Half term 29 May-1 June)

Public holidays 2017/18

  • Christmas Day - 25 December 2017
  • Boxing Day - 26 December 2017
  • New Year's Day - 1 January 2018
  • Good Friday - 30 March 2018
  • Easter Monday - 2 April 2018
  • Early May Holiday - 7 May 2018
  • Spring Bank Holiday - 28 May 2018
  • Summer Bank Holiday - 27 August 2018

Term dates for Local Authority maintained schools must be set with regard to the appropriate regulations which require schools to have at least 380 half-day sessions (190 days) in each school year.  This is consistent with the 195 days a year required by a teacher's Statutory Conditions of Service – the additional five days are for in-service training (INSET).

The dates set by the Local Authorty for community and voluntary-controlled schools are based on the recommendations from the Cornwall Education Unions and the dates proposed by Devon County Council and Plymouth City Council.  The dates are also recommended for all other schools (i.e. academy, foundation, voluntary-aided and free schools).

NB: it had been proposed by the Government that from September 2015 all schools, including community and voluntary-controlled schools, would be able to set their own term dates.  However, this proposal was withdrawn therefore the Local Authority will continue to set the term dates for community and voluntary-controlled schools and recommend those dates to other schools in order to encourage consistency across the county and with its neighbours, Devon and Plymouth.

In service training (INSET) days are taken during school time and are used by schools to provide staff training without pupils being present.  Schools are permitted to take five INSET Days during each academic year. Please contact individual schools for their distribution of INSET days.