School Term Dates and INSET Days

Please see below for the term dates for community and voluntary-controlled schools.  These dates are also recommended for all other schools (academy, foundation trust and voluntary-aided schools).  Please contact the individual academy, foundation trust or voluntary-aided school to find out about any variations to the dates below and their distribution of INSET days.  To find out what status a school is, visit the Contact Details page.

2017/18 Term Dates for Community and Voluntary-Controlled Schools

PDF version of the 2017/18 term dates 

Autumn term 2017 (73 days)
4 September - 20 December
(Half term 23-27 October)

Spring term 2018 (56 days)
4 January - 29 March
(Half term 12-16 February)

Summer term 2018 (66 days)
16 April - 24 July
(Half term 29 May-1 June)

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You can download the 2017/18 term dates calendar in iCalendar / ics format. This is supported by most computers, tablets and mobile phones, and most calendar applications.

For further information, support or to provide your feedback please see the Term dates iCalendar page  

Download 2017/18 term dates

2018/19 Term Dates for Community and Voluntary-Controlled Schools

PDF version of the 2018/19 term dates

Autumn term 2018 (73 days)
4 September - 20 December
(Half term 22-26 October)

Spring term 2019 (60 days) 
7 January - 5 April
(Half term 18-22 February)

Summer term 2019 (62 days) 
23 April - 25 July
(Half term 27-31 May)

2019/20 Term Dates for Community and Voluntary-Controlled Schools

PDF version of the 2019/20 term dates

Autumn term 2019 (73 days)
4 September - 20 December
(Half term 21-25 October)

Spring term 2020 (55 days) 
6 January - 27 March
(Half term 17-21 February)

Summer term 2020 (67 days) 
14 April - 23 July
(Half term 25-29 May )

About Term Dates

Term dates for Local Authority maintained schools must be set with regard to the appropriate regulations which require schools to have at least 380 half-day sessions (190 days) in each school year.  This is consistent with the 195 days a year required by a teacher's Statutory Conditions of Service – the additional five days are for in-service training (INSET).

The dates set by the Local Authorty for community and voluntary-controlled schools are based on the recommendations from the Cornwall Education Unions and the dates proposed by Devon County Council and Plymouth City Council.  The dates are also recommended for all other schools (i.e. academy, foundation, voluntary-aided and free schools).

NB: it had been proposed by the Government that from September 2015 all schools, including community and voluntary-controlled schools, would be able to set their own term dates.  However, this proposal was withdrawn therefore the Local Authority will continue to set the term dates for community and voluntary-controlled schools and recommend those dates to other schools in order to encourage consistency across the county and with its neighbours, Devon and Plymouth.

INSET Days

In service training (INSET) days are taken during school time and are used by schools to provide staff training without pupils being present.  Schools are permitted to take five INSET Days during each academic year. Please contact individual schools for their distribution of INSET days.