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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 2022 – 2023

AUTUMN TERM – 2022

1st SeptemberThursdayCPD (staff only)
2nd SeptemberFridayCPD (staff only)
5th SeptemberMondayFirst day for all pupils
26th / 27th SeptemberMonday / TuesdaySchool Closed Rosh Hashanah
4th OctoberTuesdayFinish 1.30pm
5th OctoberWednesdaySchool Closed Yom Kippur
10th / 11th OctoberMonday / TuesdaySchool Closed Sukkot
17th / 18th OctoberMonday / TuesdaySchool closed Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
24th / 28th OctoberMonday – FridayHalf Term
4th NovemberFridayShort Fridays begin – Finish at 1.30pm
22nd DecemberThursdayEnd of Term 1.30pm Finish

SPRING TERM – 2023

3rd JanuaryTuesdayCPD (Staff only)
4th JanuaryWednesdayTerm begins
13th / 17th FebruaryMonday – FridayHalf Term
7th MarchTuesdayPurim – 1.30pm Finish
4th AprilTuesdayEnd of Term 1.30pm Finish

SUMMER TERM – 2023

17th AprilMondayTerm Begins
21st AprilFridayNormal Fridays – Finish at 3.30pm
1st MayMondayMay Day – School Closed
26th MayFridaySchool Closed Shavuot
29th / 2nd – May/JuneMonday – FridayHalf Term
21st JulyFridayEnd of Term 1.30pm Finish

CPD for staff – the school is closed to children on these days during 2022/23

Three CPD DAYS AND FOUR TWILIGHT SESSION – TBC
1st SeptemberThursdayCPD (staff only)
2nd SeptemberFridayCPD (staff only)
3rd JanuaryTuesdayCPD (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 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.