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​​​​​​​What are the school term and holiday dates in Somerset?

You can download Somerset's dates for the academic years 2016-17 and 2017-18:
(Please note: for Word versions of these documents, please see 'Special Notes for School Staff' below.)
These dates will apply to Community and Voluntary Controlled schools.  Academies, Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Free Schools are able to set their own term dates and holidays, although most align their dates with those set by Somerset County Council.
Each year a total of 195 school days are identified and all schools are able to choose 5 INSET days which best suit them.  In other words, pupils attend school for 190 days each year.  It is the responsibility of each school to notify its parents and staff which dates have been identified for INSET
Draft proposed dates for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available from January 2018 on the Somerset Consultation website: and anyone, including teachers, governors and members of the public are very welcome to provide their comments.​

Special Notes for School Staff

·        If you are a member of staff at a school and wish to download a Word version of the term dates in order to customise the calendar, please click on the following links:
o   For academic year 2016-2017, please ​click here​
o   For academic year 2017-2018, please click here
o   For academic year 2018-2019, please click here​
·        Please could we take this opportunity to respectfully remind schools that if they are aware of any necessary closures in advance (for example, local events and festivities), they must arrange to take these days as INSET.  Non-INSET closures are strictly for emergencies only.
Who can I contact for further information?
If you have a questions about any aspect of the school term and holiday dates in Somerset, or wish to provide feedback during the consultation period, please contact Wendy Kerslake in the Schools Commissioning Team by emailing
If you experiencing problems opening any of the above links or downloading the School Terms and Holidays documents, please log a call with the Service Desk -