School Holiday Dates
2017/2018 and Subsequent School Years
Note on 2017/18 and subsequent school years: The parties are currently reviewing the arrangements for the standardised school calendar for the 2017/8, 2018/9 and 2019/20 school years and a circular will issue once the review is completed. Click here if you would like us to notify you when the dates are published.
February 2017 mid-term break
Primary Schools will close on Thursday 23rd February 2017 and Friday 24th February 2017.
Primary schools may use 3 discretionary days to extend this break to an alternative option of a 5 day break for the period from Monday 20th February 2017 to Friday 24th February 2017 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.
Post-primary schools will close from Monday 20th February 2017 to Friday 24th February 2017 inclusive unless changes are required as part of contingency arrangements to make up for time lost due to unforeseen school closures.
Where contingency arrangements are required a school authority may reduce the length of the February mid-term break by remaining open up to and including Wednesday 22nd February 2017.
Easter, Christmas and Mid-term Breaks
The standard breaks at Christmas, Easter and Mid-term in the first and second terms for the 2016/2017 school year are available under Circular 0016/2014 - Standardisation of the school year 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17
Schools are required to be open for a minimum of 167 days at post-primary level and 183 days at primary level. School summer holidays are not standardised and schools may use discretionary days to determine the precise start and end of the school year.
Schools will normally re-open during the week in which 1st September falls. However, the school year may start in the week prior to that in which 1st September falls if this is necessary in order to meet the overall requirement of a minimum of 167 days at post-primary level or 183 days at primary level.
You should check the exact dates with your school.