Sheffield school holidays 2022: when do kids break up for summer, and can you take your child away outside of term time

Here are all the dates for school holidays for the rest of 2022, including when kids break up for the summer holidays.
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These dates affect community and voluntary controlled primary, secondary and special schools. Independent school holiday dates may vary.

Individual schools are able to set their own timetables for training and INSET days each year, so it is recommended that you check your child’s school website for further information.

When do kids break up for the summer holidays?

The school holiday dates for Sheffield are available on the Council website. Photo by Behnam NorouziThe school holiday dates for Sheffield are available on the Council website. Photo by Behnam Norouzi
The school holiday dates for Sheffield are available on the Council website. Photo by Behnam Norouzi
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The summer holiday runs from July 25 until August 31 in 2022. This means kids will go back on Thursday, September 1, 2022, unless their school has an INSET day.

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When are Sheffield school holidays in 2022?

The October half term runs from 24 to 28 October, whereas the Christmas holiday runs from 19 to 30 December 2022, with 2 January 2023 off as well.

The school calendar for the 2021/22 academic year can be downloaded from Sheffield Council’s website, alongside the calendar for the 2022/23 academic year.

What are INSET days?

Teachers in state schools are required to undertake five INSET days in addition to the 190 teaching days children are required to be in school.

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They stand for ‘In-service Education and Training’ days and involve staff receiving continuous professional development training, and undertaking planning and other duties while kids are not required to attend school.

There are 5 INSET days per academic year. They were introduced in 1988 by then education secretary Ken Baker and originally termed ‘Baker days’.

Is it illegal to take your child out of school outside of term time?

You have to get permission from the head teacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time.

You can only do this if you make an application to the head teacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with) and there must be exceptional circumstances – ultimately, the decision is at the discretion of the head teacher.

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You can be fined for taking your child on holiday during term time without the school’s permission. Each parent can be given a fine of £60, which rises to £120 if you do not pay within 21 days. If you do not pay the fine after 28 days, you may be prosecuted for your child’s absence from school. You could get a fine of up to £2,500, a community order or a jail sentence up to 3 months.

In the case of unauthorised absences, local councils and schools can also give you a Parenting Order, which means you have to attend parenting classes and do what the court says to improve your child’s school attendance.