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 2020 – 2021 (current academic year)

For 2020-2021, please note that:

  • the school calendar was changed in January 2021 so that the school is open on Friday 12th February (was originally a staff training day) to keyworker and vulnerable children.  The school will be closed for staff training for two days following the Whitsun half-term holiday, that is Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th June 2021.  The children will return to school following the half-term break on Wednesday 9th June.

School Year 2021 – 2022 (next academic year)

For 2021-2022, please note that:

  • There are 189 school days rather than 190 school days in the academic year due to an additional bank holiday being granted in June 2022 to mark HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
  • The February half-term holiday (21 – 25 February 2022) for Manchester schools, including NCS, is DIFFERENT to that of Stockport and Trafford schools (14 – 18 February 2022).  This is due to Trafford and Stockport not following the general pattern of holidays below.

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 (usually the first Thursday in May) but will not usually close on these days.
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