School term and holiday dates

Extended autumn half term breaks in October 2017 and October 2018

We've extended the autumn half term for Brighton & Hove maintained schools in 2017 and 2018.

Have your say about these changes and help us make a decision about if they will continue in future years. The survey will be open from 11 December 2017 to 31 January 2018. Go to www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/autumn-half-term-survey

School term dates

The dates below for 2017-18 and 2018-19 have been set by the council for the city’s community schools following consultation with the schools and their communities.

For academies, free schools, voluntary aided schools (eg Church of England and Catholic schools) and independent schools / nurseries, decisions about term dates are made by the schools’ governing bodies, not the council. They are under no obligation to follow the dates set by the council for the city’s community schools.

School year 2017 - 2018

For 2017-18 all the city’s academies, free schools and voluntary aided schools are following the dates set by the council.

Autumn term 2017

The first day for school staff is Friday 1 September 2017, which is a citywide INSET day. Schools choose the dates for the other four INSET days throughout the year.

Term starts Monday 4 September 2017

Half term starts Monday 16 October 2017 and ends Friday 27 October 2017

Term ends Wednesday 20 December 2017

Spring term 2018

Term starts Tuesday 2 January 2018

Half term starts Monday 12 February 2018 and ends Friday 16 February 2018

Term ends Thursday 29 March 2018

Summer term 2018

Term starts Thursday 12 April 2018

Half term starts Monday 28 May 2018 and ends Friday 1 June 2018

Term ends Tuesday 24 July 2018

Download a calendar

Download school term dates 2017/18 (PDF 119KB)

School year 2018 - 2019

Academies, free schools and voluntary aided schools

For information about term dates for 2018-19 at the city’s academies, free schools and voluntary aided schools, it is important to check with the individual schools. 

Autumn term 2018

The first day for school staff is Monday 3 September 2018, which is a citywide INSET day. Schools choose the dates for the other four INSET days throughout the year.

Term starts Tuesday 4 September 2018

Half term starts Monday 22 October 2018 and ends Friday 2 November 2018

Term ends Wednesday 19 December 2018

We're aware that the following schools have opted for a one-week autumn half-term from 22-26 October, rather than the two-week break set for the city’s community schools:

  • Cardinal Newman Catholic School
  • Cottesmore St Mary's Catholic Primary School
  • King’s School
  • St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School
  • St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
  • St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

Spring term 2019

Term starts Thursday 3 January 2019

Half term starts Monday 18 February 2019 and ends Friday 22 February 2019

Term ends Tuesday 9 April 2019

Summer term 2019

Term starts Tuesday 23 April 2019

Half term starts Monday 27 May 2019 and ends Friday 31 May 2019

Term ends Friday 26 July 2019

Download a calendar

Download school term dates 2018/19 (PDF 93KB)

In-service Training (INSET) days and school closures

Schools are also closed for five staff training days each school year, known as INSET days. Please check with individual schools for their INSET days.

Requests for leave during school term time

The law says that parents do not have an automatic right to take their children out of school for holidays during term-time. Holidays in term time will only be authorised by a school in exceptional circumstances.

Holiday activities

Looking for events and fun activities to keep children and young people entertained during school holidays?

Go to our holiday activities web page to find out what is available during upcoming school holidays.

Other local authorities

For details of holiday dates in neighbouring authorities