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.

We will review these changes and make a decision about if they will continue in future years.

School term dates

The dates below have been agreed 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.

For 2017-18 all the city’s academies, free schools and voluntary aided schools have agreed to follow the dates set by the council.

For 2018-19, not all the city’s academies, free schools and voluntary aided schools have so far decided their term dates. However, we are aware that for 2018-19 Cardinal Newman has opted to have a one-week autumn half-term from 22-26 October, rather than the two-week break agreed for the city’s community schools.

For information about term dates at the city’s academies, free schools and voluntary aided schools it is important to check with the individual schools in the first instance.

School year 2017 - 2018

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.

Autumn term 2017

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

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.

Autumn term 2018

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

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