Below are copies of the statutory academic year calendar that can be printed or downloaded.
The number of INSET and Occasional days schools may take each year is detailed in the calendars below. For details of when specific schools have chosen to take their INSET and Occasional days please consult
- 2022/23 5 INSET days & 4 Occasional
- 2023/24 5 INSET days & 4 Occasional
DfE guidance on the school year and school day
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Bradford Council Recommendations
Where a Governing Body wishes to review the school day, then its proposals should take account of the following:
- Where the proposals affect the length of the school lunchtime and could consequently change lunchtime staffing arrangements, please liaise with your lunch provider to ensure that no additional costs will arise from the proposed change.
- Where the proposals affect the length of the school lunchtime and could consequently affect school crossing patrols, please contact Sue Heaton, 01274 439458.
- Where the proposals affect the beginning and/or end of the school day, you should liaise with school transport service 01274 439347, regarding implications for school transport. NOTE: School's budgets can be charged for any reasonable additional costs that
may be caused for home to school transport resulting from the decision of the Governing Body to amend the school day.
- Schools should give full consideration to the minimum lesson time, when amending their timings for school sessions:
- key stage 1 = 21 hours
- key stage 2 = 23.5 hours
- key stage 3/4 = 24 hours
School holiday arrangements
Each year the Council agrees with Trades Unions the main school holidays for the forthcoming academic year. In addition to these all schools can add closures due to in-service training (up to 5 days or equivalent) and occasional days (variable year on year).
Voluntary Aided and Foundation schools may also change the agreed main school holidays to meet local needs.
The Information Management Team writes to all schools each year to request details of their planned closures.
How is the information used by Bradford Council?
School holidays and opening and closing times are vital information for Bradford Council. They are used, for example, to arrange bus and taxi contracts; to inform Welfare Officers about school attendance; peripatetic staff for their timetables; to arrange
Contact: Information Management Team –