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Dorset Council & LEA School Holidays and Term Dates

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


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

2016/2017 Dorset Council School Holiday and Term Dates


Term / Holiday First Day Last Day
Autumn Term Dates Thursday September 1, 2016 Friday October 21, 2016
Autumn Half Term
Autumn Term Dates Monday October 31, 2016 Friday December 16, 2016
Christmas Holidays
Spring Term Dates Tuesday January 3, 2017 Friday February 10, 2017
Spring Half Term
Spring Term Dates Monday February 20, 2017 Friday April 7, 2017
Easter Holidays
Summer Term Dates Monday April 24, 2017 Friday May 26, 2017
Summer Half Term
Summer Term Dates Monday June 5, 2017 Friday July 21, 2017
Summer Holidays

2017/2018 Dorset Council School Holiday and Term Dates


Term / Holiday First Day Last Day
Autumn Term Dates Monday September 4, 2017 Friday October 20, 2017
Autumn Half Term
Autumn Term Dates Monday October 30, 2017 Friday December 15, 2017
Christmas Holidays
Spring Term Dates Tuesday January 2, 2018 Friday February 9, 2018
Spring Half Term
Spring Term Dates Monday February 19, 2018 Thursday March 29, 2018
Easter Holidays
Summer Term Dates Monday April 16, 2018 Friday May 25, 2018
Summer Half Term
Summer Term Dates Monday June 4, 2018 Wednesday July 25, 2018
Summer Holidays

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Dorset school term dates are set by Dorset County Council, which is responsible for schools and other services across the whole of the county. It is based in Dorchester and is a non-metropolitan council that is responsible for a total of 200 schools. This is made up from 139 primary and 42 secondary schools as well as nine specialist schools and one further education college, Kingston Maurward College, also in Dorchester. The school year has been organised into three separate terms. Autumn is the first one and this runs from 1st September until the start of Christmas holidays 2016 19th December while there is an October half term break from 24th to 28th of the month. The spring term runs from 3rd January until 10th April when the Easter break starts and the mid-term is from 13th to 17th February. The last term runs from 21st April until 24 July and the May bank holiday is 29th May – 2nd June.

The Inset Days for the Local Education Authority Schools in Dorset are decided by the individual schools. Dorset Data Source

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