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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.

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

Please check individual school websites for clarification if required.

Term date calendars

Icon for pdf Term dates 2020/2021 [141.26KB]

Icon for pdf Term dates 2021/2022 [227.72KB]

School term and holiday dates 2022/23 - 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, 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 to consult on 2 options.

Option 1: Shows a proposed calendar with a five-day break in October, with term 6 ending on Friday 21 July 2023. This is the option favoured by our neighbouring authorities. 

Icon for pdf Term dates - Option 1 [73.47KB]

Option 2: Shows a proposed calendar with a seven-day October break, with term 6 ending on Tuesday 25th July 2023.

Icon for pdf Term dates - Option 2 [73.3KB]

We would like to receive your views on the term dates calendar being proposed for Wiltshire's Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools for 2022/23. The deadline for responses is Friday 19 February 2021.

You can let us know your views by email to: SchoolOrganisation@wiltshire.gov.uk

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


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