Sheffield school holidays: When are the Christmas holidays and term dates for city schools in 2021 and 2022?
The October half term has been and gone, so when are the Christmas school holidays in Sheffield and what are the term dates for the academic year 2021/2022?
The second half of the autumn term is now underway and as we move out of November and into December, our attention is moving to the Christmas holidays, when pupils will get a two week break from school.
There has been some talk that schools could break up a little earlier this Christmas over fears around the Omicron Covid variant and how fast it is spreading – although this has not yet been confirmed and there no plans for this as of yet in Sheffield as the schools here have ‘some of the lowest Covid rates in Yorkshire’.
The Department for Education (DfE) has said this should be a ‘last resort’.
So when do children in Sheffield break up for their next holiday and what are their term dates for the rest of the year?
Here is everything you need to know.
Who sets the dates?
Sheffield City Council are the local authority responsible for setting school term time dates for the area. However, academies and free schools have the freedom to set their own timetable. If your child attends one of these schools it may be best to contact them directly about their term dates.
When will the Christmas holidays take place?
Schools will break up for Christmas on Friday, December 17. They will be closed for two weeks and are due to go back on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Monday, January 3 is a bank holiday subsitute as New Years Day falls on a weekend.
What are the dates for February half term?
Pupils will break up from school on Friday, February 11 for one week. They will return to school on February 21.
When is the Easter holiday?
During consultation on the 2017-18 term dates, Sheffield City Council says it received a “very strong response in favour of fixing the Easter break”. As a result, it now uses a single model that fixes the break at the beginning of April, as it has done since 2019.
The date for Easter changes every year, meaning sometimes it may fall outside of the school holiday break.
In 2022, Good Friday will fall on April 15, with Easter Sunday on April 17 and Easter Monday on April 18.
In Sheffield, schools will break up for Easter on Friday, April 1. They will be closed for two weeks, with Easter falling at the very end of the holidays. The Monday will be a bank holiday and then students will be back in school on Tuesday, April 19.
When is May half term?
May half term will take place from Friday, May 27 and schools will reopen on Monday, June 6.
When will schools close for summer in 2022?
Sheffield schools will close for summer next year on July 22.
What about bank holidays?
The 2021-22 calendar includes an additional bank holiday for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The traditional bank holiday has been moved to Thursday, June 2 (2022) and the additional day will be on Friday, June 3. As the bank holiday takes place during Spring Bank holiday, teaching and non teaching staff will be entitled to an additional day’s leave.
The government has therefore legislated to reduce the teaching year from 190 to 189 days. Individual schools will decide when to take the additional day and will notify parents.
The early May bank holiday will take place on Monday, May 2, 2022.
When will training days be?
For details of individual schools five training days, please contact the school directly as these are not the same for all schools in the area. Individual schools are able to set their own timetables for training and inset days each year.
What happens if you take your child out of school during term time?
Sheffield City Council says family holidays should be taken during school holiday periods. Your child is expected to be in school every day during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
If there are exceptional circumstances requiring your child to be absent from school then an application for leave should be made to the headteacher who will decide whether or not to grant the leave.
If leave is not granted and you take your child out of school for a holiday you may be fined.
Fixed penalty notices
Your local council can give you a fine of £60 per child, which rises to £120 if you don’t pay within 21 days. This then has to be paid within seven days.
If you don’t pay the fine after 28 days you may be prosecuted for your child’s absence from school.
What do I do if I receive a fixed penalty notice?
Paying fines for unauthorised absences must be done online.
You will need your customer reference number, found on your fine letter, and your credit or debit card.
If you have been issued a fine for your child’s unauthorised absence in term time and wish to make representations against its issue you must make your representation in writing only.
You must do this within 28 days of the date on your penalty notice either by email to [email protected]; or post to: Attendance and Inclusion Legal Team, Floor 7, North wing, Moorfoot, Sheffield, S1 4PL.