School term & holiday dates

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

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School term dates and holidays

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

This information was last updated on 10 August 2020.

Reopening of schools

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.

It is the expectation of the Department for Education that all pupils, in all other year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. For parents and carers of children of compulsory school age, this means that the legal duty on you as a parent to send your child to school regularly will apply.

A small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves, or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19). If your child is unable to attend school or college for this reason, you should talk to your school or college about what support is in place in terms of remote education.

The Local Authority are working with head teachers in schools 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. If you have concerns about your child returning to school or college, because you consider they may have other risk factors, you should discuss with your school or college the measures they are putting in place to reduce risks 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.

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.

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.

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 2019/2020
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
Teacher training day Monday 2 September 2019  
Summer 2019 Friday 19 July 2019 Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Teacher training day Monday 4 November 2019  
October half term 2019 Friday 25 October 2019 Tuesday 5 November 2019
Christmas/New year 2019/2020 Friday 20 December 2019 Monday 6 January 2020
Teacher training day Friday 21 February 2020  
Spring half term 2020 Friday 14 February 2020 Monday 24 February 2020
Easter 2020 Friday 3 April 2020 Monday 20 April 2020
May Day 2020 Friday 8 May 2020  
Summer half term Friday 22 May 2020 Monday 1 June 2020
Summer 2020 Friday 17 July 2020 Tuesday 1 September 2020

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: