Proposed changes to Wiltshire school holidays

Proposed changes to Wiltshire school holidays

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 11:44am 20th January 2020.

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Council bosses are looking at two options for the 2021/22 academic year

The options centre around the October half term and Summer holiday.

  • Option 1: Would see the more traditional five day break in October, with pupils breaking up for the Summer on Thursday 21st July 2022
  • Option 2: Would see a longer October half term consisting of 7 school days with pupils breaking up on Monday 25th July 

The local authority has been worked with neighbouring authorities in the South West in order to agree, as far as possible, common proposed dates.

Wiltshire Council say neighbouring authorities prefer option 1.

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A consultation is now underway on the two options.


Term dates for community and voluntary controlled schools are set by Wiltshire Council in consultation with neighbouring authorities, schools, groups representing school staff and parents.

In foundation, voluntary aided, academies and residential special schools it is the governing body that decides the beginning and end of school terms and holidays, however many follow the lead of Wiltshire Council..

Schools in the Mere and Tisbury area may choose between Wiltshire and Dorset dates.


A consultation is now underway on the term dates calendar and you have until Friday 28th February to have your say.

You can do so by the following methods:

By email to:
By letter to: School Term Dates 2021/22 Consultation, Children’s Services, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN

Wiltshire Council stress "all comments received will be taken into consideration during the final decision making process."

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