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Term Dates

As a Jewish school, the term dates at Simon Marks differ slightly from non-denominational schools. The Education Regulations 1999 require all maintained schools to be open and educating their pupils for at least 380 sessions, the equivalent to 190 days.

Some Jewish festivals are where Jewish people are obliged to spend time in prayer and not to undertake ordinary work. On these days the school is closed and the school calendar sets out each year when these dates fall.

As we celebrate all Jewish festivals this means the term dates at Simon Marks may vary from other local schools in order to make up the statutory number of days.

Please note that special leave of absence during term time is only given in exceptional circumstances. Please inform all family and friends of these dates as holidays and family visits will not be authorised for absence added to the Jewish festival times above or for any other times. Please download leave of absence forms for details.

Please find important dates for each term in the tables below. Some times may be subject to slight change. More detailed information about specific and other events can be found in the calendar section of the website.

Term Dates 2018/2019

Autumn Term 2018

DateDayEvent
 3rd SeptemberMondayCPD (staff only)
 4th SeptemberTuesdayCPD (staff only)
 5th SeptemberWednesdayFirst day for all pupils
 10th & 11th SeptemberMonday/TuesdaySchool Closed Rosh Hashanah
 18th SeptemberTuesdayFinish 1:30pm
 19th SeptemberWednesdaySchool Closed Yom Kippur
 24th & 25th SeptemberMonday/TuesdaySchool Closed Sukkot
1st & 2nd OctoberMonday/TuesdaySchool Closed Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
22nd – 26th OctoberMonday – FridayHALF TERM HOLIDAY
2nd NovemberFridayShort Fridays begin Finish at 1:30pm
21st DecemberFridayEnd of term 1:30pm Finish

Spring Term 2019

DateDayEvent
 2nd JanuaryWednesdayCPD (staff only)
 3rd JanuaryThursdayTerm begins for all pupils
 18th-22nd FebruaryMonday-FridayHALF TERM HOLIDAY
 1st MarchFridayLonger Friday finish at 2:30pm
 21st MarchThursdayPurim 1:30pm Finish
 12th AprilFridayEnd of Term 1:30pm Finish

Summer Term 2019

DateDayEvent
 29th AprilMondayTerm Begins for all pupils
 3rd MayFridayNormal Fridays Finish at 3:30pm
 6th MayMondayMay Day School Closed
 27th-31st MayMonday – FridayHALF TERM HOLIDAY
 10th JuneMondayShavuot
 26th JulyFridayEnd of Term 1:30pm Finish

CPD for staff – the school is closed to children on these days during 2018/2019

Three CPD days and four twilight sessions – TBC
 3rd September Monday CPD (staff only)
 4th SeptemberTuesdayCPD (staff only)
 2nd JanuaryWednesday CPD (staff only)

Children are required to be in school for 190 days of the school year.  Please note that special leave of absence during term time can only be given in exceptional circumstances.  Please inform all family and friends of these dates as holidays and family visits will not be authorised for absence added to the Jewish festival times above or for any other times.