How To Know UK School Holiday Dates

Schools from around the United Kingdom usually follow different academic calendars, so students from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should be aware of the schedule of school holidays in their respective areas. This article is meant to share some information on the various school schedules and holidays, so that students and their parents plan out the rest of the days that they won't be having any classes. Knowledge of the schedule could also be beneficial as far as making preparations for the next school term is concerned.

The Term Holidays

  • For the Academic year 2009-2010, the Autumn Half Term holiday will be starting on Monday, the 26th of October 2009. This will run through until Friday, the 30th of October of the same year. 
  • The Christmas Holiday spans from the Monday, the 21st of December until the 1st day of 2010 (January 1st).
  • The Spring Half term holiday is set to start on the 15th of February and ends on the 19th of February 2010.
  • The Easter Holiday starts the 2nd of April until the 16th of the same month.
  • The Summer Half Term holiday is from the 31st of May until the 4th of June.
  • The Summer holiday is from the 26th of July until the 3rd of September.

Stated simply, here's the United Kingdom's school holiday schedule:

  • Autumn Half Term: October 26 - October 30, 2009.
  • Christmas: December 21, 2009 - January 1, 2010
  • Spring Half Term: February 15, 2010 - February 19, 2010.
  • Easter: April 2, 2010 - April 16, 2010.
  • Summer Half Term: May 31, 2010 - June 4, 2010.
  • Summer: July 26, 2010 - September 3, 2010.

Other holidays

Just like in other countries, the British also commemorate special events in the nation's history, and during these dates school is usually called off. These are the dates that are also legislated as school holidays. For 2010, here are the legislated holidays in the different areas in the UK.

England and Wales

  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • April 10: Good Friday
  • April 5: Easter Monday
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 26: Boxing Day


  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • April 2: Good Friday
  • November 30: St. Andrew's Day
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 26: Boxing Day

Northern Ireland

  • January 1: New Year's Day
  • March 17: St. Patrick's Day
  • April 2: Good Friday
  • April 5: Easter Monday
  • July 12: Battle of Boyne (Orangemen's Day)
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 28: Boxing Day

Changing of dates

When the holidays fall on a weekend, the government may choose to change the actual observance of a holiday to a weekday to get another free day off. There are only a few holidays observed in the British calendar, so it's not a difficult task to remember them all.

Oftentimes, national holidays are observed across all regions. But because there are holidays specific to one region only, it would be a good idea to be aware of these differences, especially if the holiday covers your school district.


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