School terms and holidays

The school year starts at the beginning of September and finishes at the end of July.

There are three terms in each year.

  • Autumn – September to December
  • Spring – January to March
  • Summer – April to July

There is a week-long holiday half way through each term called “half term” and a longer holiday at the end of each term.

You are not allowed to take your children out of school for holidays during term time without the head teacher’s permission. You may lose your child’s place if you do not make an arrangement with the head teacher. If you have a special reason for taking your child out of school during term time, the school will give you a holiday form. You must give your reason on the form. If you take your child out of school in term time for a holiday or trip home you can be fined or prosecuted.

A list of holiday dates can be found on the City of York Council website.

Your child’s school will also be closed for five days for teacher training each year. You should ask your child’s school for a list of dates as each school has different training dates.


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