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When do schools break up for the summer holidays and when do they end?

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Students have had a disrupted year due to the pandemic (Picture: Getty Images)

The past academic year hasn’t been the easiest one for children, who have faced disruption to their education in the wake of Covid restrictions – with schools forced to close and switch to remote learning in the early part of 2021 as the country went back into lockdown.

Kids have also had to face self-isolation in the wake of positive cases among their class bubbles, while older students have had to come to terms with the cancellation of exams for the second year running.

With so much uncertainty, it seems they could all use a well-earned break – which they’re all about to get, with schools due to break up for the long summer holidays imminently.

But just when do schools break up – and when does the autumn term start?

When do schools break up for the summer holidays?

The last day of term largely depends on whereabouts you are in the country.

While schools in England are set to break up on or around Friday July 23, this may vary according to your local council – or even the school itself

You can use the Government’s website to find the term dates within your local authority – simply enter your postcode when prompted to be taken to the relevant page.

Holidays are coming, folks (Credits: Getty Images)

However, it’s also worth checking the website of your child’s school as term dates may vary by a few days from one educational institution to the next.

It’s also worth noting the above also only applies to schools in England, with those in Wales set to break up a little earlier, around July 16.

Meanwhile in Scotland and Northern Ireland, schools have already broken up – with the summer holidays having begun in Scotland around June 23, and in Northern Ireland around July 1.

When does the autumn term start?

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Once again this varies according to your local area and your school – but in England, students are due to go back for the autumn term around Wednesday September 1.

This once again may vary by a day or two – check your local authority website for more information, and it’s also worth checking with the school to ensure your child shows up on the right day for the start of term.

Schools in Northern Ireland are due to return on the same date, while those in Wales are due to go back a day later on September 2.

Meanwhile Scotland’s pupils make up for their earlier summer break with an earlier return to school – they’ll be back in the classrooms from August 16.


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