East Sussex School Term and Holiday Dates for 2024-2025

Closes 15 Jun 2023

Opened 5 May 2023


East Sussex County Council would like to know your views on the proposed school term and holiday dates for the academic year 2024-2025.  It is proposed  that schools would begin the academic year on 02 September 2024 and continue through until 18 July 2025 (last day of term).

Term 1: 
*Monday 02 September 2024 to Friday 25 October 2024 (40 school days)

Term 2:
Monday 04 November 2024 to Friday 20 December 2024 (35 school days)

Term 3:
Monday 06 January 2025 to Friday 14 February 2025 (30 school days)

Term 4:
Monday 24 February 2025 to Friday 04 April 2025 (30 school days)

Term 5:
Tuesday 22 April 2025 to Friday 23 May 2025 (23 school days)

Term 6:
Monday 02 June 2025 to Friday 18 July 2025 (37 school days)

Total:  195 school days


A calendar format of these dates is available to view below or can be downloaded in the 'Related' section below.

Why your views matter

The local authority (LA) has a duty to determine school term and holiday dates for local authority maintained schools.  Foundation, trust and voluntary aided schools and academies are responsible for setting their own dates and may choose dates that do not match those set by the LA.

A number of 'guiding principles' are used to set the pattern of term and holiday dates.  These include:

  • Schools must be open for 190 days in an academic year, 195 days for teachers (a legal requirement).
  • Five In-Service Education Training (INSET) days (a legal requirement).  The proposal recommends a common INSET day on Monday 02 September 2024.  Schools decide four further training days.
  • In proposing dates the LA liaises with neighbouring authorities about proposals for school term and holiday dates in their areas.  In doing this the LA seeks to ensure dates coincide where possible across borders to minimise the potential disruption and attendance issues that may arise for families with children attending different schools and school staff with children at schools in areas other than where they are working. 

We have shared our proposal with our neighbouring authorities in Brighton & Hove, Kent, West Sussex and Surrey.  Where possible we will align with neighbouring authorities by prioritising the following principles:

  • The need to maximise learning and revision time in the terms before SATs (Standard Attainment Tests in Year 2 and Year 6), GCSEs and post 16 exams.
  • Easter and bank holiday dates.  Working parents often rely on these being part of school holidays to use annual leave efficiently.

Foundation, trust and voluntary aided schools and academies decide their own term time and holiday dates so there may be variations across the county.  We are consulting all schools to unify dates across East Sussex as far as possible. Unifying dates helps to facilitate good attendance and minimises the implications for families with children who attend different schools.

Your views on the proposal for school term and holiday dates for 2023/2024 are important to us.  We welcome any suggestions on improving the school calendar in East Sussex.

The final calendar will be agreed following the consultation in June 2023. The final agreed calendar will then be publicised to all schools and will also be displayed on the East Sussex County Council website.

To comment, click on ‘Online Survey’ below or email your comments to School.Consultations@eastsussex.gov.uk

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Proposed ESCC School Holiday and Term Dates 2024-25


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