Term and Holiday Dates

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 2019 – 2020
Current Academic Year

School Year 2020 – 2021
Next Academic Year

Please note that the school calendar for 2020-2021 was revised in July 2020.  The changes to the school calendar are that:

  • Wednesday 2nd September 2020 is now a staff training day and school will be closed to pupils
  • Children will now return to school on Thursday 3rd September 2020 (rather than Wednesday 2nd)
  • The school closure date for staff training on Friday 27th November 2020 has been removed from the school calendar and children will now attend school on this day (maintaining 190 school days in total)

School Calendars

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 usually be the last full week in October;
  • Spring half term will usually 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;
  • The Whitsun break will take place during the week of the Spring Bank Holiday, usually the last full week in May
  • 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.

Previous Year (Colour Calendars) 


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