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. The same holiday pattern is planned for the 2018 to 2019 school year.

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

School term dates

Academies, free schools and independent schools/nurseries may have different term dates, please check directly with the school. We've agreed these dates with maintained schools following consultation with the schools and their communities. 

School year 2016 to 2017

The first day of school for staff is Monday 5 September 2016, which is a citywide INSET day. Schools choose the dates for the four other INSET days during the school year.

Autumn term 2016

Term starts Tuesday 6 September 2016

Half term starts Monday 24 October 2016 and ends Friday 28 October 2016

Term ends Friday 16 December 2016

Spring term 2017

Term starts Tuesday 3 January 2017

Half term starts Monday 13 February 2017 and ends Friday 17 February 2017

Term ends Friday 7 April 2017

Summer term 2017

Term starts Monday 24 April 2017

Half term starts Monday 29 May 2017 and ends Friday 2 June 2017

Term ends Tuesday 25 July 2017

Download a calendar

Download school term dates 2016/17 (PDF 180KB)

School year 2017 to 2018

The first day for school staff is Friday 1 September, 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 and ends Friday 1 June 2018

Term ends Tuesday 24 July 2018

Download a calendar

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

In-service Training (INSET) days and school closures

Schools are also closed for five staff training days each school year, known as INSET days. One of these days is always the day before pupils start back to school for the autumn term.

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