School term time and holiday dates consultation 2023-2024

Introduction

Local Authorities have a duty to determine school term dates for Local Authority maintained schools. Schools must be open to pupils for 190 days in an academic year, and 195 days for teachers.

Foundation, Voluntary Aided, Academies and Free schools are responsible for setting their own dates and so may choose to follow a pattern and/or specific dates that do not match those set by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

As always there have been difficult decisions regarding some dates – we are well aware that schools prefer to operate for whole weeks rather than part weeks, but the way Christmas has fallen this year has not made that possible to achieve in our proposed dates for the Christmas break.

Consultation on School Term Time and Holiday Dates 2023-2024

Thank you very much to all those who responded to this consultation.

During the period of the consultation, we received 33 responses. 20 of these responses (61%) were in favour of the proposals and 13 responses (39%) were not or raised queries or concerns.

These comprised comments related to:

  • The February half term date.
  • The mid-week finish/start over Christmas.
  • The length of the autumn term.
  • Autumn term starting on a Friday.
  • Summer term finishing on a Monday.

In response, the February half term date had been chosen in relation to most of our neighbouring local authorities, and the mid-week finish/start over Christmas was balanced against the length of the autumn term. The start of the autumn term and finish of the summer term was a function of the need to identify the required 195 days, whilst preserving sufficient holiday time at Christmas and Easter.

The confirmed Cambridgeshire and Peterborough school holiday and term time dates for 2023-24 are therefore agreed as follows:

Autumn Term dates

  • Friday 1 September to Friday 20 October 2023 (36 days)
  • Half Term: Monday 23 to Friday 27 October 2023
  • Monday 30 October to Wednesday 20 December 2023 (38 days)
  • Christmas Holidays: Thursday 21 December 2023 to Wednesday 3 January 2024

Spring Term dates

  • Thursday 4 January to Friday 16 February 2024 (32 days)
  • Half Term: Monday 19 to Friday 23 February 2024
  • Monday 26 February to Thursday 28 March 2024 (24 days)
  • Easter Holidays: Friday 29 March to Friday 12 April 2024

Summer Term dates

  • Monday 15 April to Friday 24 May 2024 (29 days)
  • Half Term: Monday 27 to Friday 31 May 2024
  • Monday 3 June to Monday 22 July 2024 (36 days)
  • Summer Holiday: Tuesday 23 July onwards

These dates comprise a total of 195 days. Schools will therefore need to select 5 of these days to set aside as professional training days.