School term dates and holidays 2021: When are half term holidays in 2021?

Boris Johnson discusses reopening of secondary schools

Schools are currently on break for the Christmas Holidays and are scheduled to return next week for the January term. However, some students are facing delays and some schools will not open next week. The Government revealed today some pupils would not return to face to face teaching next week, while some schools can’t open at all. 

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said students in exam years will return to secondary schools a week later than planned, from January 11, while other secondary and college students will go back full-time on January 18.

However, primary schools where Covid-19 infection rates are the highest will not reopen for face-to-face teaching to all pupils as planned next week, following warnings from experts over the danger of the new coronavirus variant.

Schools in areas in London, Essex, Kent, East Sussex, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire will not open next week due to high levels of infection.

Around a million primary school pupils in the areas hardest hit by Covid-19 will not return to their desks as planned next week.

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But what will the term dates be for 2021?

Below is a guide to school term dates and holidays 2021 – but they can vary depending on your school.

To see what the term dates are in your area – use the Government’s postcode finder here. 

Christmas holiday: Monday 21 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2020

(including Bank Holidays on Friday 25 December, Monday 28 December, and Friday 1 January)

Term three: Monday 4 January 2021 to Friday 12 February 2021 (this may vary depending on your area, see this link here for more information)

February half term: Monday 15 February 2021 to Friday 19 February 2021

Term four: Monday 22 February 2021 to Friday 26 March 2021

Easter holiday: Monday 29 March 2021 to Friday 9 April 2021

(including Bank Holidays on Friday 2 April and Monday 5 April)

Term five: Monday 12 April 2021 to Friday 28 May 2021

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May half term: Monday 31 May 2021 to Friday 4 June 2021

(including a Bank Holiday on Monday 31 May)

Term six: Monday 7 June 2021 to Tuesday 20 July 2021

Summer holiday: Wednesday 21 July 2021 to Thursday 2 September 2021

When are the Bank Holidays in 2021?

Friday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

Friday, April 2 – Good Friday

Monday, April 5 – Easter Monday

Monday, May 3 – Early May bank holiday

Monday, May 31 – Spring bank holiday

Monday, August 30 – Summer bank holiday

Monday, December 27 – Christmas Day (substitute day)

Tuesday, December 28 – Boxing Day (substitute day)

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