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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 2019-2020

Autumn Term 2019

2nd SeptemberMondayCPD (Staff only)
3rd SeptemberTuesdayCPD (Staff only)
4th SeptemberWednesdayFirst day for all pupils
30th September – 1st OctoberMonday/TuesdaySchool Closed Rosh Hashanah
8th OctoberTuesday Finish 1:30pm
9th OctoberWednesday School Closed Yom Kippur
14th/15th OctoberMonday/TuesdaySchool Closed Sukkot
21st – 25th OctoberMonday – FridayHalf Term School Closed
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
1st NovemberFridayShort Fridays begin Finish at 1:30pm
19th DecemberThursdayEnd of term 1:30pm Finish

Spring Term 2020

6th JanuaryMondayCPD (Staff Only)
7th JanuaryTuesdayTerm Begins
17th – 21st FebruaryMonday – FridayHalf Term
6th MarchFridayLonger Friday Finish at 2:30pm
10th MarchTuesdayPurim 1:30pm Finish
3rd AprilFridayEnd of term 1:30pm Finish

Summer Term 2020

20th AprilMondayTerm Begins
24th AprilFridayNormal Fridays Finish at 3:30pm
8th MayFridayMay Day School Closed VE Day
25th-29th MayMonday – FridayHalf Term/Shavuot
24th JulyFridayEnd of term 1:30pm Finish

CPD for staff – the school is closed to children on these days during 2019/2020

Three CPD DAYS AND FOUR TWILIGHT SESSION – TBC
2nd SeptemberMondayCPD (Staff only)
3rd SeptemberTuesdayCPD (Staff only)
6th JanuaryMondayCPD (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.

TERM DATES 2020 – 2021

    Autumn Term – 2020

3rd September Thursday CPD (staff only)
4th September Friday CPD (staff only)
7th September Monday First day for all pupils
18th September                                   Friday Finish 1.30pm Rosh Hashanah
28th September       Monday School Closed Yom Kippur
2nd October       Friday Finish 1.30pm Sukkot
9th October Friday Finish 1.30pm Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
26th – 30th October Monday – Friday Half Term
6th November Friday Short Fridays begin 1.30pm Finish
18th December     Friday End of term 1.30pm finish

   Spring Term – 2021

4th January Monday CPD (Staff Only)
5th January Tuesday Term begins
15th – 19th February Monday – Friday Half term
26th February Friday Purim Finish at 1.30pm
24th March                                  Wednesday End of Term 1.30pm Finish

    Summer Term – 2021

8th April Thursday Term begins
9th April Friday Normal Fridays Finish at 3.30pm
3rd May Monday May Day School Closed
17th – 18th May Monday – Tuesday School Closed Shavuot
31st May  –  4th June                         Monday – Friday Half Term
23rd July Friday End of Term 1.30pm Finish

CPD for staff- the school is closed to children on these days during 2020/21

Three CPD DAYS AND FOUR TWILIGHT SESSIONS -TBC
3rd September Thursday CPD (staff only)
4th September Friday CPD (staff only)
4th January Monday 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 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.