School Term Dates 2020/2021

Closed 18 Apr 2019

Opened 28 Feb 2019

Feedback Updated 11 Jun 2019

We Asked

Bristol City Council is responsible for setting the school term and holiday dates for all Community and Voluntary Controlled (VC) schools in the city. The dates were the subject of a consultation running from 28 February 2019 to 18 April 2019.

You Said

The consultation received 25 responses. Feedback has come from various interested groups including parents, staff and governors from Bristol schools and universities. 

The feedback to the proposed dates has been generally positive and the length of the terms appears to be viewed as well balanced and evenly distributed.

Some criticisms of the proposed dates are summarised below:

  • Term dates one and two are too long, particularly for young children. Learning during these terms is negatively affected by pupil absences from tiredness and bad health
  • Term six ending with a three day week may result in poor school attendance 
  • All school holidays should be shorter, especially for Easter and the summer
  • Some councils have tested shortening the summer break, extending holiday days elsewhere
  • The structure for how the school terms are organised should be reviewed and modernised due to the high costs charged by holiday companies in August
  • Holiday dates should be staggered elsewhere in the country, making holidays more affordable, reducing the number of parents taking unauthorised absence
  • A six week summer is too long and it is difficult and expensive for working parents who have to find childcare alternatives

School holiday dates should be co-ordinated nationwide so that children with family and friends in other parts of the UK can see one another and not be affected by school absence

We Did

The dates below for the school term and holidays for the 2020/2021 academic school year have been agreed.

Term 1: Tuesday 1 September 2020 to Friday 23 October 2020 (39 School Days)

Term 2: Monday 2 November 2020 to Friday 18 December 2020 (35 School Days)

Term 3: Monday 4 January 2021 to Friday 12 February 2021 (30 School Days)

Term 4: Monday 22 February 2021 to Thursday 1 April 2021 (29 School Days)

Term 5: Monday 19 April 2021 to Friday 28 May 2021 (29 School Days)

Term 6: Monday 7 June 2021 to Wednesday 21 July 2021 (33 School Days)

Total 195 School Days*

*In the school year 2020/21 pupils must attend for 190 days. School may decide which 5 days in the school year are INSET or non-contact days (days when pupils do not attend).

The full report for this consultation can be accessed here.

Overview

This consultation includes the proposed dates for the 2020/21 school year.

Term 1: Tuesday 1st September 2020 to Friday 23rd October 2020 (39 School Days)

Term 2: Monday 2nd November 2020 to Friday 18th December 2020 (35 School Days)

Term 3: Monday 4th January 2021 to Friday 12th February 2021 (30 School Days)

Term 4: Monday 22nd February 2021 to Thursday 1st April 2021 (29 School Days)

Term 5: Monday 19th April 2021 to Friday 28th May 2021 (29 School Days)

Term 6: Monday 7th June 2021 to Wednesday 21st July 2021 (33 School Days)

Total 195 School Days*

*In the school year 2020/21 pupils must attend for 190 days.  School may decide which 5 days in the school year are INSET or non-contact days (days when pupils do not attend)

A calendar format of these dates can be downloaded below.

Why We Are Consulting

Bristol City Council is responsible for setting the school term and holiday dates for all Community and Voluntary Controlled schools in the city.

Academies and Free schools are able to set their own school term dates which may or may not be co-ordinated with those set by Bristol City Council.

These dates are being proposed following discussions with local authorities neighbouring Bristol.

Before agreeing the proposed school term and holiday dates we would like to know your views.

Please complete the online survey or email your comments to james.last@bristol.gov.uk

All responses will be considered before the school term and holiday dates are agreed.  The school term and holiday dates will then be published on the Bristol City Council website.

 

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Children / Young People
  • Parents, carers and guardians
  • Community & Voluntary organisations

Interests

  • Children and young people
  • Education and early years