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When do the summer holidays 2023 start? Date UK schools break up and when the next academic year will start

School is officially out for summer for many pupils across the UK

Pupils across Scotland and Northern Ireland are enjoying the start of their summer holidays, with their English and Welsh counterparts set to follow suit very soon.

All students in state schools enjoy the year’s biggest break from education over the summer months, which lasts for six weeks.

Independent schools tend to have longer summer holidays, with dates varying between schools. Check the school’s website for exact dates for individual institutions.

When do the summer holidays start across the UK?

Girl (4-5) in bathing suit sprayed with water hose.
Summer holidays provide an opportunity for young people to spend time with their families (Photo: Carol Yepes/Getty)

There isn’t an exact date that all schools across the four UK nations follow for schools to break up for the summer holidays.

In Scotland and Northern Ireland, most state schools break up for the summer in the last week of June or first week of July.

Students in Dundee had their last day of the academic year on Friday 30 June, for example.

In England and Wales, however, students tend to break up for the summer in the third week of July, with Friday 21 July marking the last day of school for many students.

Regardless of the exact date, however, all schools have six weeks off for the summer period.

How can I check when my child’s school breaks up for the summer?

The best way to check when your child’s school is due to finish for summer is to go on the school’s website, local council website or by entering your postcode on the Government website.

Each Local Education Authority (LEA) decides on school dates, so it’s best to go straight to the source and contact your child’s school, especially as some school’s have have inset, or staff training days, that students do not need to attend for.

All schools tend to list dates for the forthcoming and previous academic years on their website, which means you can plan for the months ahead.

When do schools go back after the summer holidays?

Again, this varies from school to school.

Check your child’s school’s website for information about the next year’s academic dates.

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