Calendars & Timetables

School term dates and holidays

City’s school term proposals aim to help families (Click to expand)
People in Brighton & Hove are being asked for their views on possibly changing the dates of school terms and inset days to try and make holidays more affordable for families.
Brighton & Hove City Council is running a consultation on its website until Friday 20 May. The cost of holidays taken in the school holidays is higher than the equivalent holiday in term time. This means that many families cannot afford to take the sort of holiday they would wish to take when their children are out of school. The proposal is to vary the start and finish dates of the three terms to allow for the creation of a week’s holiday in what is currently term time. This could allow parents to buy a cheaper holiday without taking their child out of school during term time. It is thought a more flexible approach to the academic year could also help families who have to work in peak holiday times and those who have difficult shift patterns, as well as armed forces personnel who can be away from their children for months on end. The council sets the academic year dates for community, voluntary controlled and community special schools in the city. For foundation and voluntary aided schools this is done by the school’s governing body. For academies and free schools it is done by the trust that runs the school. All state schools in the city currently follow the council’s academic year, but the academies and free schools are under no obligation to do so in future. Schools have five inset days each year when they are closed to enable training and development for teachers. Individual schools make their own decisions about when to take inset days. The council has no powers to force schools to select or coordinate certain dates, but could encourage them to do so in order to enable families to take advantage of lower-priced holidays. Please visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/school-holiday-consultation to get involved in the consultation. The chair of the council’s children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Tom Bewick, said: “If there is something we can do to offer lower-income families in particular the chance to take holidays that would otherwise be unaffordable then I think it’s worth exploring. “We’re keen to hear the views of parents, pupils, teachers, trade unions other interested parties who might be affected.” “Ultimately our plans are about offering more flexibility for parents throughout the year, while trying to respond to the fact that modern families come in all shapes and sizes.” Feedback from the consultation will be taken into account when the council’s children, young people and skills committee looks at the issue at a meeting in June. It is expected that the committee will either make specific proposals for changing the academic year in future or agree to leave the city’s academic year in its current form.

Term Dates 2017/18

Autumn term 2017

Term starts 5 September 2017 (Years 7 & 12 Only)

Term starts 6 September 2017 (All Other Students)

Half term starts 16 October 2017 and ends 27 October 2017

Term ends 21 December 2017

Spring term 2018

Term starts 4 January 2018

Half term starts 12 February 2018 and ends 16 February 2018

Term ends 29 March 2018

Summer term 2018

Term starts 16 April 2018

Half term starts 28 May and ends 1 June 2018

Term ends 20 July 2018

Inset days:

  • 1 September 2017
  • 4 September 2017
  • 29 September 2017
  • 22 December 2017
  • 2 January 2018
  • 3 January 2018
  • 9 February 2018
  • 9 July 2018

Term Dates 2018/2019

Autumn term 2018

Term starts 5 September 2018

Half term starts 22 October and ends 02 November 2018

Term ends 19 December 2018

Spring term 2019

Term starts 5 January 2019

Half term starts 18 February and ends 22 February 2019

Term ends 9 April 2019

Summer term 2019

Term starts 23 April 2019

Half term starts 28 May and ends 31 May 2019

Term ends 26 July 2019

Inset days:

  • 3 September 2018
  • 4 September 2018
  • 3 January 2019
  • 4 January 2019
  • 15 February 2019
  • 8 April 2019
  • 9 April 2019
  • 26 June 2019

We operate a two week timetable with four lessons per day, plus a morning break and lunchtime.

Tutor time starts promptly at 8.30am each morning so students need to be in school for 8.25 am.

The school day ends at 3.15pm.

Students will each be provided with their own personal timetable but the following chart shows the timings of the school day.

07h45 – 08h30 Breakfast Club (Optional)
08h30 – 08h50 Tutor Time
08h50 – 10h10 Lesson 1
10h10 – 11h30 Lesson 2
11h30 – 11h50 Break 1
11h50 – 13h10 Lesson 3
13h10 – 13h40 Break 2
13h40 – 13h55 D.E.A.R.
13h55 – 15h15 Lesson 4
15h15 – 16h30 After school clubs (optional)


No student will be allowed offsite at anytime during the school day, including break and lunchtimes.