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SCHOOL TERM DATES 2020/21 AND 2021/22

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Cabinet is recommended to approve the School term dates 2020/21 and 2021/22.





(1)  agreed the school year dates for academic year 2020/21, set out in a

            Table in Appendix A of the report. These dates are as follows:


(a)  Autumn Term: (73 days) Wednesday 2 September 2020 to Friday

                  18 December 2020. Half term holiday Monday 26 October 2020 to

      Friday 30 October 2020;


(b)  Spring Term: (59 days) Monday 4 January 2021 to Thursday 1

      April 2021. Half term holiday Monday 15 February 2021 to Friday

      19 February 2021; and


(c)  Summer Term: (63 days) Monday 19 April 2021 to Thursday 22

      July 2021. Half term holiday Tuesday 1 June 2021 to Friday 04                           June 2021;


(2)  agreed that the proposed calendar of 195 days includes a maximum of

5 INSET days (for teacher training) which can be set and deducted by

individual schools to ensure that schools meet their statutory obligation

to be open for 190 pupil days;


(3)  noted that the school year dates do not include any fixed closure days for the 5 INSET days, which are to be set by individual schools;


(4)  agreed that two academic years of term dates may be consulted on at a time to enable schools to plan in advance. Consultation to take place in May of each year;


(5)  agreed, in principle, the term dates for 2021/22 (as indicated in Appendix B of the report), with the understanding that these dates will be consulted upon in May 2020 and be set in July 2020.  These dates are as follows:


(a)  Autumn Term: (73 days)Wednesday 1 September 2021 to Friday 17 December 2021.  Half term holiday Monday 25 October 2021 to Friday 29 October 2021;


(b)  Spring Term: (59 days) Tuesday 4 January 2022 to Friday 1 April 2022.  Half term holiday Monday 14 February 2022 to Friday 18 February 2022; and


(c)  Summer Term: (63 days) Tuesday 19 April 2022 to Friday 22 July 2022.  Half term holiday Tuesday 31 May 2022 to Friday 3 June 2022;


(6)  noted that the Council, in partnership with SACRE, is to continue to issue guidance to governing bodies on consulting with their school communities on religious holidays and on how best to teach pupils about the significance of particular religious festivals, within the schools that choose to remain open during a religious festival; and


(7)  agreed to delegate authority for the setting of school term and holiday dates for community, voluntary controlled, community special schools and maintained nurseries in the London Borough of Waltham Forest to the Portfolio Lead Member for Children, Families and Young People or whichever Lead Member has responsibility for functions exercised under Section 32 of the Education Act 2002 following consultation with schools.




No other options have been considered as the Council has a statutory obligation to set term dates, as outlined above.


Not setting School Year dates would put the Local Authority in breach

of its statutory duty.


Report author: Mark Joshi

Publication date: 05/09/2019

Date of decision: 05/09/2019

Decided at meeting: 05/09/2019 - Cabinet

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