It seems like only yesterday that the school summer holidays began, but they’re already at an end as pupils across England, northern Ireland and Wales return for the new academic year.
Schools have already returned in Scotland, which has seen a significant rise in Covid cases in recent weeks – particularly among 16-19-year-olds – leading to concern that there could be a surge in cases once the rest of the UK returns.
With under18s now exempt from self-isolation if they come into contact with a positive case, it’s hoped this school year may be less disruptive than the last one – with measures also being put in place to try and keep case numbers down.
And while the holidays may be over for now, it’s not too long until the next break.
So just when are the school holidays in the 2021-2022 academic year?
When are the school holidays in 2021 and 2022?
The autumn term half term starts on Monday 25 October and lasts for one week.
Children will then return to school from Monday 1 November, breaking up for Christmas on Friday 17 January.
The spring term will commence on Tuesday January 4 2022.
These are the remaining dates for school holidays in England and Wales over the coming year:
Autumn term 2021
- Half term holiday: Monday 25 October – Friday 29 October 2021
- Christmas holiday: Monday 20 December – Monday 3 January 2021
Spring term 2022
- Half term holiday: Monday 14 February – Friday 18 February 2022
- Easter holiday: Monday 4 April – Monday 18 April 2022
Summer term 2022
- Half term holiday: Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June 2022 (includes the two-day bank holiday for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee)
- Summer holiday: Monday July 25 – Wednesday 31 August
It is advisable to double check with your local council or with your local school to confirm the exact dates of the school holidays in 2021, as term dates can vary depending on the region and educational institution.
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Author: Caroline Westbrook