School term & holiday dates

Here you will find information on all term dates and school closures for Northumberland.

Watch our welcome video where Jill, School Admissions and Inclusion Manager, talks about how this page can help you to find out what you are looking for.

School term dates and holidays

The latest information about schools in Northumberland affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This information was last updated 25 March 2021.

Information about schools

Nursery and Early Years settings 

Attendance in nurseries, childminders and other early years providers remains optional, but we strongly encourage you to take up a place for your child. You can check if your child is eligible for any of the free childcare entitlements, worth on average £2,500 a year to parents of 2 year olds, and up to £5,000 a year to parents of 3 and 4 year-olds, on the Childcare Choices website.


All pupils in primary, first, middle, secondary, high schools and colleges are being welcomed back from Monday March 8. 
Some Secondary and High schools are staggering their returns in the first week. Parents and carers are encouraged to speak directly with schools for information. 

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable children

Children and young people whose GP's and/or consultants have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to continue following the guidance given to them. Schools will need to make appropriate arrangements to enable them to continue their education at home. Please speak to your school about this. 
Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, can still attend education.

Self-isolating children and families

n line with public health advice those who are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result, or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19) should not attend school.. We advise you speak directly with your school to ensure the right support is provided remotely.  
The Local Authority continues to work with headteachers across the county to support them in the implementation of appropriate health and safety measures based on their risk assessments, and in line with Government guidance.

School transport will be provided, but this is dependent on the number of pupils who wish to travel, the availability of drivers, and the start times schools may operate.

Parents should contact their child’s school to discuss arrangements.

You can find the full questions and answers document here
The scheme outlines that if a school catering service cannot provide meals or food parcels, they should offer pupils from families that are eligible for benefits-related free school meals an alternative.
We are continuing to accept free school meal applications at this time. If you think your child is eligible but you are not currently claiming, you can contact us on 0345 600 6400 (Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5pm, Fridays 8.30am-4.30pm), or apply by submitting this application form:

Please click here to view the free school meals application form.

You can find the full questions and answers document here
The following documents provide information regarding planned teacher training days and closures.

Please note teacher training days are subject to change and are updated regularly.  If the relevant school is not listed, please check the individual school's website.

School closures – teacher training days (special schools)

School closures – teacher training days

Welcome to the school holiday term dates page. Here you will find information on school dates for holidays, teacher training days and unplanned school closures.

Northumberland school holiday and term dates 2020/2021
Please note, some schools have allocated their own term dates.
You should also check your school's website.

Holiday or occasion of closure Date on which school will close Date on which school will reopen
Summer 2020 Friday 17 July 2020 Tuesday 1 September 2020
October half term 2020 Friday 23 October 2020 Monday 2 November 2020
Christmas/New year 2020/2021 Friday 18 December 2020 Monday 4 January 2021
Spring half term 2021 Friday 12 February 2021 Monday 22 February 2021
Easter 2021 Friday 26 March 2021 Monday 12 April 2021
May Day 2021 Monday 3 May 2021  
Summer half term Friday 28 May 2021 Monday 7 June 2021
Summer 2021 Friday 16 July 2021 * Monday 6 September 2021

NB:  Please contact your child's school directly for teacher training days.
*  This has changed from 2 September 2021

View the links below to download PDF versions of the school term dates.
If an authorised absence request is granted, it will be the headteacher's responsibility to determine the length of time a child is absent.

Authorised absence is unlikely to be granted for family holidays.
Parents/carers can be fined for taking a child on holiday during term time without consent.

Further information regarding term-time absence can be found here.

Should we be informed of any of schools closed due to weather, building problems or other local reasons they will appear below.

Unplanned school closures will appear here: 

Link to Northumberland  School Closure List

Please also follow our alert social media channels for information on unplanned school closures when the school has informed us of a problem. We also recommend that you also check with the individual school via their website, Social media pages and parent mail.

Details of school closures are also given on: