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Northern Ireland School Holidays 2020 and 2021

This page contains the 2020 and 2021 school holidays as published by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland to help you start planning.

Generally, the holiday dates announced at a council level don’t change very often. However, we encourage you to check back regularly for any amendments that may occur, and to consult the Department of Education website for their 2019-2020 approved calendar and 2020-2021 approved calendar. You may also wish to visit the Department of Education homepage to check for any urgent or last-minute updates that may not have been incorporated into the official calendars.

Also note that dates for individual schools may vary due to teacher training days and other school-specific considerations.

CLOSURE NOTICE: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the closure of all schools across the country from 20 March 2020 (Friday) until further notice as part of measures to reduce the impact of the global health crisis. We will update the dates on this page as more information becomes available.

School Holidays 2019-2020

School HolidaysStartsFinishes
First Day of School2 Sep 2019
(Mon)
Autumn Half Term Holidays31 Oct 2019
(Thu)
1 Nov 2019
(Fri)
Winter Holidays23 Dec 2019
(Mon)
3 Jan 2020
(Fri)
Spring Half Term Holidays17 Feb 2020
(Mon)
18 Feb 2020
(Tue)
Spring Holidays9 Apr 2020
(Thu)
17 Apr 2020
(Fri)
Summer Holidays1 Jul 2020
(Wed)
31 Aug 2020
(Mon)

School Holidays 2020-2021

School HolidaysStartsFinishes
First Day of School1 Sep 2020
(Tue)
Autumn Half Term Holidays29 Oct 2020
(Thu)
30 Oct 2020
(Fri)
Winter Holidays22 Dec 2020
(Tue)
1 Jan 2021
(Fri)
Spring Half Term Holidays18 Feb 2021
(Thu)
19 Feb 2021
(Fri)
Spring Holidays1 Apr 2021
(Thu)
9 Apr 2021
(Fri)
Summer Holidays1 Jul 2021
(Thu)