School term times and holiday dates for community and voluntary controlled schools 2025-2026

Our Cabinet members will be asked to approve the term times and holiday dates pattern for the 2025-2026 school year at their next meeting on Wednesday, 20 March.

The term dates are determined by a set of agreed principles adopted by 26 councils in the North East of England (including Yorkshire and the Humber), and are extended by a further year each year to maintain the rolling three-year programme.

There will be no change to the traditional model of term and holiday dates which we have adopted in recent years. This includes keeping the six-week summer break.

Discussions have taken place with neighbouring councils, as they do on an annual basis, to co-ordinate holiday dates as far as possible.

There may be minor variations at voluntary aided schools and academies since it is the responsibility of their respective governing bodies to determine their individual dates.

If your child attends a voluntary aided school, a trust school, or an academy, get in touch with the school directly to check their holiday dates.

More information will be published on our school terms and holidays page

The Cabinet report can be read in full here.

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