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Term dates and holidays

The school year consists of 190 'pupil' days. In addition to these days, teaching staff must also be available for work on five extra days (or the equivalent of 30 hours) during the year. These days/hours are used for staff development.

Term dates for community and voluntary controlled schools are set by the local authority in consultation with neighbouring authorities and groups representing school staff.

In foundation, voluntary aided, academies and residential special schools it is the governing body that decides the beginning and the end of school terms and holidays.

Schools in the Mere and Tisbury area may choose between Wiltshire and Dorset dates.

Term dates for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools are set by the Local Authority in consultation with neighbouring Authorities, schools, groups representing school staff and parents.

Previous consultations have indicated an overwhelming wish for schools to retain a calendar of 195 days, so as to permit the setting of five staff development days within term time dates.

There have also been discussions with other Local Authorities in the South West Region in order to agree, as far as possible, common proposed dates.

It was agreed by Schools Joint Consultative Committee at their meeting on the 24 November 2016 to consult on 2 options. 

  • Option 1: A proposed calendar with a seven day October break, with term 6 ending on Thursday 25 July 2019
  • Option 2:  A proposed calendar with a five day break in October, with term 6 ending on Tuesday 23 July 2019. This is the option favoured by several of our neighbouring authorities 

A copy of the proposed options calendars can be downloaded below in "Consultation options 2018/2019"

We would like to receive your views on the term dates calendar being proposed for Wiltshire’s Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools for 2018/19. The deadline for responses is Friday 03 February 2017.

You can let us know your views by using any of the following methods:

By email to: directorDCE@wiltshire.gov.uk 

By letter to:

School Term Dates 2018/19 Consultation,

Children’s Services, County Hall,

Bythesea Road,


BA14 8JN

The results of this consultation will be collated and presented to the Joint Consultative Committee prior to the final recommended model being determined by the Cabinet Member for Children’s Services.

All comments received will be taken into consideration during the final decision making process. 


School term dates

(Please check individual school websites for clarification if required)

Term 101/09/201621/10/201624/10/2016 - 28/10/2016
Term 2
31/10/201616/12/201619/12/2016 - 02/01/2017
Term 3
03/01/201710/02/201713/02/2017 - 17/02/2017
Term 4
20/02/201707/04/201710/04/2017 - 21/04/2017
Term 5
24/04/201726/05/201729/05/2017 - 02/06/2017
Term 6
05/06/201721/07/201724/07/2017 - 31/08/2017


Term 101/09/201718/10/201719/10/2017 - 27/10/2017
Term 2
30/10/201720/12/201721/12/2017 - 03/01/2018
Term 3
04/01/201809/02/201812/02/2018 - 16/02/2018
Term 4
19/02/201829/03/201830/03/2018 - 13/04/2018
Term 5
16/04/201825/05/201828/05/2018 - 01/06/2018
Term 6
04/06/201825/07/201826/07/2018 - 03/09/2018


In Wiltshire, all five staff development days (or the equivalent of 30 hours) are set at the individual school's discretion.

Your child's school will be able to inform you of their arrangements for taking these training days. All days will be taken within the 195 published term days.


Term date calendars

Consultation options 2018/2019

Option 1 PDF (36kb)
Option 2 PDF (37kb)

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Last updated: 12 January 2017 | Last reviewed: 12 January 2017