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Orkney Islands Council & LEA School Holidays and Term Dates

Orkney Islands Council School Term and Holiday Dates are sourced from the Orkney Islands LEA.


Orkney Islands Council School Term and Holiday Dates are sourced from the Orkney Islands LEA.

2016/2017 Orkney Islands Council School Holiday and Term Dates


Term / Holiday First Day Last Day
Autumn Term Dates Tuesday August 23, 2016 Friday October 14, 2016
Autumn Half Term
Autumn Term Dates Monday October 31, 2016 Thursday December 22, 2016
Christmas Holidays
Spring Term Dates Thursday January 5, 2017 Friday March 31, 2017
Easter Holidays
Summer Term Dates Tuesday April 18, 2017 Tuesday July 4, 2017
Summer Holidays

2017/2018 Orkney Islands Council School Holiday and Term Dates


Term / Holiday First Day Last Day
Autumn Term Dates Tuesday August 22, 2017 Friday October 13, 2017
Autumn Half Term
Autumn Term Dates Monday October 30, 2017 Friday December 22, 2017
Christmas Holidays
Spring Term Dates Monday January 8, 2018 Friday March 30, 2018
Easter Holidays
Summer Term Dates Monday April 16, 2018 Friday June 29, 2018
Summer Holidays

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The Orkney Islands Council looks after school holiday dates and other matters for the schools spread across the Orkney Islands. The council sets half term dates and other matters including curriculum for a total of 23 schools which includes 20 primary schools, two secondary schools and one university, Orkney College UHI. Schools do have some independence in terms of the Inset days and when these are used. The school calendar is in line with other Scottish councils and starts on the first term on 23rd August until 14th October for the October half term. From 28th October the term runs until 21st December for Christmas. The Christmas holidays 2016 finish on 5th January and the spring term runs until 3rd April with the February half term from 16th-20th. Easter is from 3rd until 17th April and the final summer term continues from then until 4th July with breaks on 1st and 19th May.

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