Last updated:
12 December 2017

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School term dates

Find school term dates for this year and the next school year.

The end of Spring term 2018 is
Thursday 29 March 2018


Term Dates
Spring term 2018 Starts: Thursday 4 January
Half term: Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February
Ends: Thursday 29 March
Summer term 2018 Starts: Monday 16 April
Half term: Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June
Ends: Tuesday 24 July
Autumn term 2018 Starts: Monday 3 September
Half term: Monday 22 October to Friday 26 October
Ends: Wednesday 19 December

About school term dates

School term and holiday dates are usually set over 18 months in advance of the academic year. We liaise with neighbouring authorities, headteachers, union representatives and the Diocese to secure the best alignment of dates across the region.

Term dates are based on a school year of around 195 days, although individual schools can use five of these days for staff training inset days.

We are required to set school term and holiday dates for maintained and voluntary-controlled schools.

Term dates may not apply to academies, further education and sixth form colleges in West Sussex, or to schools in the independent sector. More information can be obtained from the individual college or school websites.

Locally, term dates are consulted on through school and teaching representative bodies before being finalised.

Additional information

Past term dates are only held for three years as part of our disposal policy. You can find past term dates in the supporting documents below. If you need any other dates contact your child's school.


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