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.

Staff development days

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.

School term dates 2024/25 Consultation

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, to permit the setting of five staff development days within term time dates. There have been discussions with neighbouring Local Authorities to align, as far as possible, common proposed dates.

It was agreed by Schools Joint Consultative Committee to consult on 2 options.

Option 1: Shows a proposed calendar with a seven-day October break, with term 6 ending on Thursday 24 July 2025.

Option 2: Shows a proposed calendar with a five-day break in October, with term 6 ending on Tuesday 22 July 2025. This is the option favoured by our neighbouring authorities.

The options are available to view in our download section below.

We would like to receive your views using the electronic form School Term Dates Consultation 2024/25 on the term dates calendar being proposed for Wiltshire's Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools for 2024/25. All comments received will be taken into consideration during the final decision-making process.

The deadline for responses is Friday 10 February 2023.

School term dates

Downloadable documents

Amended Term Dates 2022/23 (PDF) [82KB] (opens new window)

Term dates 2023/2024 (OpenDocument text format) [129KB] (opens new window)

Term Dates 2023/24 (PDF) [81KB] (opens new window)

Term Dates 2024/25 Consultation Options (PDF) [138KB] (opens new window)