Provisional Term Dates

The School thought it would be helpful for planning purposes to set out provisional term dates for the next five years and more importantly, to explain to parents our model and what we are trying to achieve. We also thought it would be useful to understand the constraining factors on setting dates, so that when we deviate from our model or other aims, it is clearly understood why this has been done.

Our ideal model seeks to provide a framework to stretch the girls without stressing them or causing undue tiredness. In our experience, the ideal length of time between exeats and holidays should be three to four weeks, ie we seek to avoid a girl being in school for more than three consecutive weekends (we break this rule in the summer due to outgoing trips and examination leave providing most girls with a break from school).

We have surveyed girls to see where siblings attend schools and there is no pattern. Indeed, overlap with Tonbridge is nowhere near as significant as we expected, so moving forward we will seek to coincide as far as possible with HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference – effectively the trade body for top independent schools) published term dates, rather than keeping step necessarily with Tonbridge.

Our preferred model will have a 13 week Autumn Term, followed by a 10 week Spring Term and an 11 week Summer Term, with Exeats and Half Terms distributed as evenly as possible. Constraining factors are Oxbridge Entrance Papers (usually the first Wednesday in November), Easter and May and August bank holidays. You will see that these dates will sometimes affect the balance between the Spring and Summer Terms in particular.

We have published provisional dates below and will confirm these a year in advance at the end of each term. Any significant issues should please be brought to my attention at the earliest opportunity.


DATES 2020-2021 (PROVISIONAL)

AUTUMN TERM 2020

Date Time Event
Monday 7 September
Tuesday 8 September
Tuesday 8 September
Wednesday 9 September

Friday 25 September
Sunday 27 September
Friday 16 October
Sunday 1 November
Friday 20 November
Sunday 22 November
Thursday 17 December
8.30am 
2.00pm 
3.30pm 
3.00pm 
4.00pm 
12.30pm 
7.30pm 
12.30pm 
7.30pm 
12.30pm 
7.30pm 
3.00pm 
Staff return
Six Two Students return to School
Six One Students return to School
Current Lower School Students return
New Lower School Students return
Fixed Exeat Begins
Fixed Exeat Ends
Half Term Begins
Half Term Ends
Fixed Exeat Begins
Fixed Exeat Ends
Term Ends

SPRING TERM 2021

Date Time Event
Monday 4 January
Tuesday 5 January
Friday 22 January
Sunday 24 January
Friday 12 February
Sunday 21 February
Friday 12 March
Sunday 14 March
Thursday 25 March
Sunday 4 April

8.30am
5.30pm
12.30pm
7.30pm
12.30pm
7.30pm
12.30pm
7.30pm
3.30pm
 

Staff return
Term Begins
Fixed Exeat Begins
Fixed Exeat Ends
Half Term Begins
Half Term Ends
Fixed Exeat Begins
Fixed Exeat Ends
Term Ends
Easter Sunday

SUMMER TERM 2021

Date Time Event
Monday 19 April 
Tuesday 20 April
Friday 30 April
Monday 3 May
Friday 28 May
Sunday 6 June
Saturday 3 July
8.30am
5.30pm
12.30pm
7.30pm
12.30pm
7.30pm
4.30pm

Staff return
Term Begins
Fixed Exeat Begins
Fixed Exeat Ends
Half Term Begins
Half Term Ends
Term Ends (after Speech Day)