When do schools break up for summer 2021? Date of UK summer holidays explained - and when kids go back

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

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

While many families would normally be looking forward to a holiday abroad once schools break up, current lockdown restrictions mean this may not be possible.

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At the moment, only 11 countries are included on the travel green list, including Australia, Gibraltar and Iceland, while Portugal was moved to the amber list following the most recent government update.

Schools break up at different times across the UK (Photo: Shutterstock)

As such, families may have to settle for a staycation over the summer holidays, unless more destinations are added to the green list after the next travel review.

The reviews are meant to take place every three weeks, meaning the next update should be made on 24 June, just ahead of schools breaking up for the summer holidays.

If it is safe to do so, this could mean more destinations could be opened up in time for the long summer break.

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


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 will finish 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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