School Holidays 2019 / 2020 UK Dates (When Do Schools Break Up?)

School term and holiday dates vary great across the UK.

Travel costs also vary greatly so they have a huge impact on when you decide to go away and how much everything costs.

So we’ve put together this guide to help you plan your holidays and days out.

Please note that these are purely guidelines and differences can occur depending on your council.

For example, no English school will take the entire eight-week time span given below for their 2019 summer holidays, however, we’ve provided the full date range for your information. 

Always check with your local council and school for specific dates.

You can also find out holiday dates from your local council by entering your postcode into this government search tool.

School Holidays England 2019 / 2020

HolidayStart DateEnd DateWeek
Summer Holidays 201915/7/201906/9/201929-36
October Half Term 201921/10/20191/11/201943-44
Christmas Holidays 201923/12/20193/1/202052-1
February Half Term 202017/2/202028/2/20208-9
Easter Holidays 20206/4/202017/4/202015-16
May Half Term 202025/5/202029/5/202029-35
Summer Holidays 202015/7/20201/9/202029-35
October Half Term 202019/10/202030/10/202043-44
Christmas Holidays 202021/12/20201/1/202052-1

School Holidays Northern Ireland 2019 / 2020

HolidayStart DateEnd DateWeek
Summer Holiday 20191/7/201930/8/201927-35
Halloween 201931/10/20191/11/201944
Christmas Holidays 201923/12/20193/1/202052-1
Easter Holidays 20209/4/202017/4/202015-16
Summer Holidays 20201/7/202028/8/202027-35

School Holidays Scotland 2019 / 2020

HolidayStart DateEnd DateWeek
Summer Holidays 20191/7/201920/8/201927-33
Autumn/Mid Term Break 20197/10/201925/10/201941-42-43
Christmas Holiday 201923/12/20193/1/202052-1

School Holidays Wales 2019 / 2020

HolidayStart DateEnd DateWeek
Summer Holidays 201922/7/201930/08/201930-35
Autumn Break 201928/10/20191/11/201944
Christmas Holidays 201923/12/20193/1/202052-1
Spring Half Term 202017/2/201928/2/20208-9
Easter Holidays 20206/4/202017/4/202015-16
Summer Half Term 202025/5/202029/5/202022
Summer Holidays 202021/7/202028/8/202030-35

School Holiday FAQs

Are schools open on a bank holiday?
No – schools are closed on bank holidays.

The Easter bank holidays (10th April and 13th April) fall within the Easter school holidays and one of either May bank holidays (8th May and 25th May) falls into the May half term – this varies by country though, so please check the above.

How many school holidays are there in a year?
There are six school holidays in the calendar year of 2019/20.

How many weeks holiday do schools have?
Schools have around 13 weeks of holiday each year, but this does vary by area and school so please check above or contact your school for the most accurate and up to date information for your kids.

What are the school holidays for 2019/20?
The six holidays are: February, May, Easter (March/April), Summer, October and Christmas (December).

What is half term?
Half term is the short break in the middle of the school term (semester) which usually consists of one week, rather than the longer breaks at the end of each term.

There are half term breaks in February, May and October.

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