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Structure of the UK School Year

09/07/2008 Joanna

Most schools operate on a 39 week school year broken into three terms starting in September and finishing in July. Each term is made up of approximately 13 teaching weeks with a ‘half term’ break of one week after 6 weeks.


Autumn Term: First week in September to third week in December

Spring Term: First week of January until Easter

Summer Term: Two weeks after Easter until third week in July.

The usual pattern for school holidays is two weeks at Christmas, two weeks at Easter and six weeks in the summer.

School terms dates do differ throughout the UK and year to year, so this is just a guideline.  For specific details of the local school holidays check with your branch upon your arrival in the UK!  As always Teaching Personnel’s International Team are also happy to answer any questions email us on


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