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School holiday and term dates


Find details of school holidays and additional teacher training days.

These are our recommended dates but aided schools and academies can set different dates. Please check with your school.

School holidays for the 2023/24 academic year

HolidayClosing dateDate re-opens
Summer 2023Friday 21 July 2023Monday 4 September 2023
Autumn half-term 2023Friday 27 October 2023Monday 6 November 2023
Christmas 2023Tuesday 19 December 2023Wednesday 3 January 2024
Spring half-term 2024Friday 16 February 2024Monday 26 February 2024
Easter 2024Thursday 28 March 2024Monday 15 April 2024
May Day 2024Friday 3 May 2024Tuesday 7 May 2024
Summer half-term 2024Friday 24 May 2024Monday 3 June 2024
Summer 2024Tuesday 23 July 2024Wednesday 4 September 2024

School holidays for the 2024/25 academic year

HolidayClosing dateDate re-opens
Summer 2024Tuesday 23 July 2024Wednesday 4 September 2024
Autumn half-term 2024Friday 25 October 2024Monday 4 November 2024
Christmas 2024Friday 20 December 2024Monday 6 January 2025
Spring half-term 2025Friday 21 February 2025Monday 3 March 2025
Easter 2025Friday 11 April 2025Monday 28 April 2025
May Day 2025Friday 2 May 2025Tuesday 6 May 2025
Summer half-term 2025Friday 23 May 2025Monday 2 June 2025
Summer 2025Friday 18 July 2025Tuesday 2 September 2025

School holidays for the 2025/26 academic year

HolidayClosing dateDate re-opens
Summer 2025Friday 18 July 2025Tuesday 2 September 2025
Autumn half-term 2025Friday 24 October 2025Monday 3 November 2025
Christmas 2025Friday 19 December 2025Monday 5 January 2026
Spring half-term 2026Friday 20 February 2026Monday 2 March 2026
Easter 2026Thursday 2 April 2026Monday 20 April 2026
May Day 2026Friday 1 May 2026Tuesday 5 May 2026
Summer half-term 2026Friday 22 May 2026Monday 1 June 2026
Summer 2026Monday 20 July 2026 

Additional teacher training days

Schools also close for teacher training days during term-time. Dates are decided by each school and you should check your child's school website for the dates as these can often change.

  • There are five additional days in 2023/24.
  • There are 192 days in the 2024/25 school year. Schools will close for two of these days for teacher training (known as PD days). They will also have teacher training on a further three days which they will take during school holidays or by using twilight sessions.
  • There are 193 days in the 2025/26 school year. Schools will close for three of these days for teacher training (known as PD days). They will also have teacher training on a further two days which they will take during school holidays or by using twilight sessions.
Contact us
School holidays
03000 265 896
Our address is:
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ