When do schools break up for summer? Last day of school 2021

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  • As the days get longer and the weather gets brighter, many parents are wondering when do schools break up for summer?

    The anticipated British sunshine has many parents excited about the prospects of safely booking a holiday in 2021 and enjoying some quality time together with their little ones.

    The school summer holidays allow ample opportunity to try a number of fun things to do with kids. Be that some crafts in the garden, or a delicious picnic during a national trust visit. We share the school summer holiday dates for schools across the UK and plenty of ideas to help keep them busy.

    When do schools brea up for summer?

    In England, schools break up for summer on Friday 23 July.

    The summer holidays last for just over five weeks, with kids in England returning to school on Wednesday 1 September.

    Children in Wales break up a week earlier on Friday 16 July, and return to school on Thursday 2 September. Whilst schools in Northern Ireland break up for summer on Thursday 1 July and return on Wednesday 1 September.

    School terms and holidays in Scotland differ to the rest of the UK. The Scottish summer school holiday begins on Friday 25 June, with pupils returning for a new academic year on Monday 16 August.

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    2021-2022 school holidays and term dates

    The following school holiday and term dates for the academic year 2021-2022 represent the majority of schools. Though it’s always advised to check these dates directly with your child’s school.

    England:

    • Autumn school term: Wednesday 1 September to Friday 22 October 2021
    • Half term: Monday 25 October to Friday 29 October 2021.
    • Winter school term: Monday 1 November to Friday 17 December 2021.
    • Christmas holidays: Monday 20 December to Monday 3rd January 2022 (*New Year’s bank holiday).
    • Winter school term resumes: Tuesday 4 January to Friday 11 February 2022.
    • Half term: Monday 14 February to Friday 18 February 2022.
    • Spring school term: Monday 21 February to Friday 1 April 2022.
    • Easter holidays: Monday 4 April to Monday 18 April 2022 (*Easter Monday bank holiday)
    • Spring school term resumes: Tuesday 19 April to Friday 27 May 2022.
    • Half term: Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June 2022.
    • Summer school term: Monday 6 June to Friday 22 July 2022.

    Check individual school term dates in England here.

    Wales:

    • Autumn school term: Thursday 2 September to Friday 22 October 2021
    • Half term: Monday 25 October to Friday 29 October 2021.
    • Winter school term: Monday 1 November to Friday 17 December 2021.
    • Christmas holidays: Monday 20 December to Monday 3rd January 2022 (*New Year’s bank holiday).
    • Winter school term resumes: Tuesday 4 January to Friday 18 February 2022.
    • Half term: Monday 21 February to Friday 25 February 2022.
    • Spring school term: Monday 28 February to Friday 8 April 2022.
    • Easter holidays: Monday 11 April to Friday 22 April 2022 (*Easter Monday bank holiday)
    • Spring school term resumes: Monday 25 April to Friday 27 May 2022.
    • Half term: Monday 30 May – Friday 3 June 2022.
    • Summer school term: Monday 6 June to Friday 22 July 2022.

    Check individual school term dates in Wales here.

    Scotland:

    • Autumn school term: Monday 16 August to Friday 8 October 2021
    • Half term: Monday 11 October to Friday 22 October 2021.
    • Winter school term: Monday 25 October to Wednesday 22 December 2021.
    • Christmas holidays: Thursday 23 December to Wednesday 5 January 2022.
    • Winter school term resumes: Thursday 6 January to Thursday 10 February 2022.
    • Half term: Friday 11 February to Tuesday 15 February 2022.
    • Spring school term: Monday 16 February to Friday 1 April 2022.
    • Easter holidays: Monday 4 April to Friday 15 April 2022.
    • Summer school term: Monday 18 April to Thursday 30 June 2022. (*exception of the May Day bank holiday – 2 May).

    Check individual school term dates in Scotland here.

    Northern Ireland:

    • Autumn school term: Wednesday 1 September to Wednesday 27 October 2021
    • Mid term: Thursday 28 October to Friday 29 October 2021.
    • Winter school term: Monday 1 November to Wednesday 22 December 2021.
    • Christmas holidays: Thursday 23 December to Monday 3 January 2022. (*New Year’s bank holiday)
    • Winter school term resumes: Tuesday 4 January to Wednesday 16 February 2022.
    • Mid term: Thursday 17 February to Friday 18 February 2022.
    • Spring school term: Monday 21 February to Wednesday 13 April 2022. (*exception of the St Patrick’s day – 17 March).
    • Easter holidays: Thursday 14 April to Friday 22 April 2022.
    • Summer school term: Monday 25 April to Thursday 30 July 2022. (*exception of the May Day bank holiday – 2 May).

    Check individual school term dates in Northern Ireland here.

    Things to do when the schools break up:

    It’s the time of year most parents (hesitantly) look forward to, with the summer holidays allowing plenty of quality time together. And whilst keeping the kids busy for a full six weeks can feel a bit of a challenge, there’s plenty of free entertainment for them to try at home. Plus a number of cheap out-and-about activities that will suit all budgets and satisfy the whole family.

    Make the most of the summer season offering by taking the children out fruit picking, with strawberry picking a tasty task for tiny hands on hot days. A family trip to the swimming pool is an excellent way to cool down in the heat. Though you can always invest in a top-rated paddling pool and have them soak up the fun from the comfort of your own garden.

    British beaches are another affordable must-visit in August, whether that’s as part of a UK family break or just a day trip to the sea. Sandcastles, a splash in the sea and beach rounders are sure to knacker out little ones. And who doesn’t love a fish and chip dinner sitting on the sand?

    Two young children wraped up in towels at the beach

    A trip to the seaside is a must during the school summer holidays (Credit: Getty)

    Older children will love a day out to one of the UK’s best theme parks like Alton Towers or Thorpe Park. History buffs should explore some of the best UK castles, whilst animal lovers will love a trip to the zoo or local aquarium.

    Of course, there’s plenty of fun to be had even when the weather does take a turn. Rainy day activities could include a trip to the bowling alley, soft play area or a cinema visit.

    Those hoping to save the pennies or hide from the wet weather can also keep busy inside too. Host a mini junior bake-off competition with these easy kids baking recipes. Or let their creative juices flow by making tie dye t-shirts or trying out other easy crafts for children. Green-fingered parents can also rope the kids into gardening – whether that’s some simple watering or planting and weeding too.

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