School Term and Holiday Dates

As a COMMUNITY SCHOOL (Local Authority controlled) our term dates are determined by Manchester City Council.  There is an attempt at regional level for the City Council to work with other Local Authorities to set common term dates but this is not always guaranteed.  Please do NOT assume that we close for holidays at the same time as other schools as they may longer/shorter holidays, particularly at Easter and Whitsun.  Parents must not take their children out of school during term time unless there are exceptional reasons to do so.  Parents must apply for Pupil Leave of Absence (see Attendance and Absence pages) for all requests for absence.

School Year 2017 – 2018 
Current Academic Year

School Year 2018 – 2019
Next School Year

  • Monday 3rd September 2018 (school closed for staff training)
  • Tuesday 4th September 2018 (school opens for pupils)
  • other term dates to be announced during the autumn term 2017

General School Holiday Pattern for Manchester Schools

  • All terms to start on a Monday (or a Tuesday if so necessitated by a Public Holiday);
  • Autumn half term will always be the last full week in October;
  • Spring half term will always be the third full week in February;
  • The Easter break will always (except in 2019) be the first two full weeks in April regardless of where Easter itself actually falls;
  • Easter will always be observed by school closures on the bank holidays for Good Friday and Easter Monday;
  • Where a school is open for part of a week to pupils, this will be for a minimum of three school days;
  • Schools can decide the timings of five school closure days for staff training but there should be no more than two days set consecutively for this purpose;
  • School closure days for staff training will usually but not always be one or two days immediately prior or immediately following a school holiday;
  • Occasionally, a school closure day for staff training will take place during term time
  • Northenden Community School is used as a polling station for local, general and European elections but will not usually close on these days.

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