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School Holidays 2020 UK

Today is a school holidayToday, 28 April 2024, is a school holiday in (part of) the UK! ().

Upcoming school holidayThe next school holiday in the UK starts 27-05-2024 (Mid-term summer break). See details below.

All official dates for the school holidays 2020 in the UK are listed on this page. You can also check out the separate pages for England, Northern IrelandScotland and Wales.

At the bottom of this page you’ll find the public holidays in the United Kingdom 2020.

Please note that public schools and private schools often have shorter terms and longer holidays.

School Holidays England 2020

Below are the school holiday dates 2020 for England. See the links in the table to see all the details by council.

School holidays England 2020 - All dates are subject to errors and changes
School HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeek Details
Christmas holiday 201923-12-201903-01-202052 - 1Details by council
 REMARK: Start and end date may vary a bit.
February half term 202017-02-202028-02-20208 - 9Details by council
 REMARK: 1 week in this period, most councils first week.
Week 8: including Bury, Derby, Hull, Leicester, London, Nottingham, Plymouth, Reading, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton.
Week 9: including Coventry and Rochdale.
Also some exceptions exist: in Plymouth schools are only closed 17 - 18 February.
Easter holidays 202030-03-202020-04-202015-16Details by council
 REMARK: In most councils two weeks in this period. These dates apply to, e.g. Bury, Derby, Hull, Leicester, London, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton.
Exceptions to above-mentioned dates are possible, e.g. Cornwall, Plymouth, Sheffield (30-3 to 13-4-2020, week 14-15) or Coventry (10-4 to 24-4-2020, week 16-17).
Summer break 2020 (May half term)25-05-202029-05-202022Details by council
Summer holiday 202015-07-202001-09-202029-35Details by council
 REMARK: In most councils schools are closed from week 30 to 35.
Autumn break 2020 (October half term)19-10-202030-10-202043 - 44Details by council
 REMARK: One week in this period (except Nottingham, two weeks). Please note that most councils have not yet determined the end dates. Details will be published as soon as possible.
Christmas holiday 202021-12-202001-01-202152 - 53Details by council
 REMARK: Start- and end date may vary a bit.

School Holidays Northern Ireland 2020

Below are the dates for Northern Ireland.

School holidays Northern Ireland 2020 - All dates are subject to errors and changes
School HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeek
Christmas holidays 201923-12-201903-01-202052-1
Easter holidays 202009-04-202017-04-202016
 REMARK: Please note: week 15 from Thursday!
Summer holiday 202001-07-202028-08-202027-35
Halloween/Autumn Holidays02-11-202003-11-202044
 REMARK: Two days only.
Christmas holidays24-12-202001-01-202152-53

School Holidays Scotland 2020

For clarity, the Scottish school holidays are visible on a separate page. See all the dates on the following page: school holidays Scotland.

School Holidays Wales 2020

Below are the Welsh dates for 2020. Please note the spring half term regional differences.

School holidays Wales 2020 - All dates are subject to errors and changes
School HolidayStart dateEnd dateWeek
Christmas holiday 201923-12-201903-01-202052-1
Spring half term holiday 202017-02-202028-02-20208-9
 REMARK: All schools one week in this period.
Easter holidays 202006-04-202017-04-202015-16
Summer half term holiday 202025-05-202029-05-202022
Summer holiday 202021-07-202028-08-202030-35
Autumn holidays26-10-202030-10-202044
Christmas holiday21-12-202001-01-202152-53

Public holidays UK 2020

Below are all public holidays for the UK in 2020.

A few times a year there’s a so-called Bank Holiday. A Bank Holiday is a free Monday, making them a long weekend. Bank Holidays are named this because once the banks were closed on these days, all other businesses were closed as well.

If Christmas and New Year’s Day are on the weekend, this is compensated with a substitue day on the next Monday.

Public holidays UK 2020
Public holiday Countries 2020
New Year’s Day UK  Wed. January 1st
Bank holiday Scotland  Thu. January 2nd
St. Patricks Day Northern Ireland  Tue. March 17th
Good Friday UK  Fri. April 10th
Easter monday UK, except Scotland  Mon. April 13th
Early May Bank Holiday UK  Mon. May 4th
Spring Bank Holiday UK  Mon. May 25th
Battle of the Boyne Northern Ireland  Sun. July 12th
Substitute day for Battle of the Boyne Northern Ireland Mon. July 13th
Summer Bank Holiday Scotland  Mon. August 3rd
Summer Bank Holiday UK, except Scotland  Mon. August 31st
St. Andrews Day Scotland  Mon. November 30th
Christmas Day Holiday UK  Fri. December 25th
Boxing Day UK  Sat. December 26th.
Substitute day for Boxing Day UK Mon. December 28th

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