School holidays and term dates
Please note: Any fixed inset days that apply to all schools are on this page. Schools also have 4 extra inset days per year and the dates can differ. Check your inset days by using the school closures list or by contacting your school.
Term dates are set on the basis of 195 days and inset days should be allocated from within the agreed dates. Monday, 3 September 2018 is already fixed as an inset day and the other four days are to be identified by schools. Schools will be encouraged to set Monday, 22 July as an inset day but closed in lieu of twilight training.
Download the latest term dates iCal Calendar file (64 KB)
Inset day: Monday 2 September (students are not in school)
Term starts: Tuesday 3 September (students return)
Half term: Monday 28 October - Friday 1 November
Term ends: Friday 20 December
Holiday: Monday 23 December - Friday 3 January
Term starts: Monday 6 January
Half term: Monday 17 February - Friday 21 February
Term ends: Friday 3 April
Holiday: Monday 6 April - Friday 17 April
Easter Sunday: Sunday 12 April
Term starts: Monday 20 April
Early May Bank Holiday: Friday 8 May
Half term: Monday 25 May - Friday 29 May
Term ends: Monday 20 July
Holiday: Tuesday 21 July - Monday 31 August
Please note: The Early May Bank Holiday has changed due to the anniversary of VE day.
Inset day: Tuesday 1 September (students are not in school)
Term starts: Wednesday 2 September (students return)
Half term: Monday 26 October - Friday 30 October
Term ends: Friday 18 December
Holiday: Monday 21 December - Friday 1 January
Term starts: Monday 4 January
Half term: Monday 15 February - Friday 19 February
Term ends: Thursday 1 April
Holiday: Friday 2 April - Friday 16 April
Easter Sunday: Sunday 4 April
Term starts: Monday 19 April
May Day: Monday 3 May
Half term: Monday 31 May - Friday 4 June
Term ends: Wednesday 21 July
Holiday: Thursday 22 July - Tuesday 31 August
Inset day: Wednesday 1 September
Term Starts: Thursday 2 September
Half Term: Monday 25 October – Friday 29 October
Term ends: Friday 17 December
Holiday: Monday 20 December – Monday 3 January
Term Starts: Tuesday 4 January
Half Term: Monday 21 February – Friday 25 February
Term ends: Friday 8 April
Holiday: Monday 11 April – Friday 22 April
Easter Sunday: Sunday 17 April
Term starts: Monday 25 April
May Day: Monday 2 May
Half Term: Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June
Term ends: Thursday 21 July
Holiday: Friday 22 July – Friday 2 September
Academies, free schools, foundation schools and voluntary aided schools
The dates above only apply to community, voluntary controlled, community special and maintained nursery schools in Staffordshire.
Other types of schools have freedom over their school terms and holiday dates.
They are encouraged to accept the dates set by us but they are not required to. You should contact your school for confirmation of term dates.
The Department for Education and Skills has examinations information as well as links to awarding bodies.
iCal calendar file
The School Term Dates Calendar (82 KB) file can be imported into Outlook and other calendar applications.
How do I view the file in Outlook?
- Click on the file link above, and select "Save".
- Save the file to a location on your PC.
- Open Outlook and choose "File" and then "Import and Export…"
- Then choose "Import an iCalendar (.ics) file" and locate the file.
- Choose 'Import' to import these dates into your main calendar, or choose to ‘Open as New’ if you don’t want this to be added to your main calendar.
The file can also be imported into other products as well as Outlook, such as Google Calendar, Apple iCal, Lotus Notes, etc.
Google Calendar View
The calendar is also available to view using the Google Calendar application. This will open in your browser and is an alternative to downloading the iCal file.
Please find below printable academic calendars to ensure you are kept up to date with your child's holidays.
Please note: Schools have different training and inset dates. Please contact your child's school for more information.
You can get contact details for your school, as well as information on how well your child's school is doing, using our online school search and compare pages.