When do schools go back? Term dates for the 2017/2018 academic year

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It’s the end of the summer holidays – and that means it is back to school for thousands of schoolchildren.

Yes, today marks the beginning of the autumn term and the new school year.

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For some that might herald the start of the final year of secondary school and doing GCSEs. For others it might be the very first day of primary or secondary education all together.

But whatever the stage your child is at, it’s good to be aware of all the term dates to start planning some crucial family times together.


Most state schools have similar start dates for each year, as well as terms dates, but they can differ.

Here’s a rough guide to dates, according to the government website, but it’s worth double checking with schools to be sure.

All the term dates for the 2017/2018 school year

When do schools go back? Term dates for the 2017/2018 academic year
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The Autumn term begins on Monday September 4 and lasts up until Friday 20 October when there is a break for half term between 23 October and 27 October. School starts up again on Monday 30 October until Wednesday 20 December when it breaks for the Christmas holidays.

Spring term in the New Year starts on Tuesday 2 January and lasts until Friday 9 February when there is a break for half term between 12 February and 16 February. School starts back up again on Monday 19 February and lasts until Thursday 29 March for the Easter Holiday.

Summer term starts on Monday 16 April and lasts until Friday 25 May with a bank holiday on 7 May. Half term is between 28 May and 1 June with term starting back up on Monday 4 June until
Friday 20 July. That’s when the start of the summer holidays 2018 begins.

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