When is October half-term 2023? School holidays and UK term dates 2023/24

It’s almost time for the October half-term.  (Danny Lawson / PA Archive)
It’s almost time for the October half-term. (Danny Lawson / PA Archive)

Monday is the first day of the October half term for many school students in England, providing a one-week break for most schools.

The term began on September 4 in England and after this breather, it will be another few weeks until the Christmas period begins.

With clocks going back, students will really be set for the onset of winter when they return - especially once Halloween and Bonfire night celebrations are complete in London.

But there is plenty to look forward to with Christmas fayres and celebrations just around the corner.

Here are the full-term dates, and look out for when the English dates do not line up with those in other parts of the UK.

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(David Jones / PA Wire)

What are the school term dates for the 2023 / 2024 academic year?

The dates and times will depend on the type of school and also other factors, including inset days or exam periods. It is best to check with the school before booking a holiday — but here is a rough guide to when term dates will be for 2023 / 2024.

Autumn term

The autumn term began in England and Wales on Monday, September 4, but in Scotland, it began on August 16.


Half-term will be from October 23 to 27 in England, October 6 to 17 in Scotland, and from October 30 to November 3 in Wales.

Christmas break

The Christmas break will be December 21 to January 3 in England, December 21 to January 8 in Scotland, and December 22 to January 8 in Wales.

2024 dates

For England and Wales, half-term in February 2024 will be 19-26 and Easter will be March 29 to April 1, with the summer break starting on July 24.

For Scotland, half-term will be from February 9-19 and then Easter will be from March 28 to April 15. Term will end on June 28, 2024 for the summer holidays.