When do schools break up for summer 2021? Date of UK summer holidays - and when autumn term will start

School term dates differ across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

School children across the UK are on the final stretch of the academic year before reaching the summer break.

Many families will be looking forward to a holiday once schools break up and those hoping to head abroad will have more options to choose from following a recent update to the foreign travel list.

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The update saw Malta, Spain’s Balearic islands and various Caribbean destinations, including Bermuda, Antigua, Barbados and Grenada, added to the green list from on 30 June.

But while some foreign travel is now possible, many families may opt for a staycation over the summer holidays this year instead

Here are all the school holiday dates you need to know across the UK for the summer break.


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

However, term dates can differ by council areas, so some schools may break up slightly earlier or later than others.

To check the term dates where you live, simply enter your postcode on the government website.

The autumn term is due to start on Friday 3 September.


In Wales, schools break up a week earlier than in England, with the summer term starting on Friday 16 July.

Again, the term dates may differ depending on which council area you live in.

To check the dates where you live, simply check the website of your local council.

The autumn term is due to start on Thursday 2 September.


In Scotland, schools break up a month earlier, with most closing for the summer on Wendesday 23 June.

School term and holiday dates vary across Scotland, so you will need to check the relevant council area on the Scottish government website.

The autumn term is due to start on Wednesday 18 August.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, most schools finished for the summer on Thursday 1 July.

You can check the dates in your local area via the government website.

The autumn term is due to start on Wednesday 1 September.

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