Edinburgh School holidays are always fun, even if they’re just for a day. They give you time to catch up on the latest movies, try out the hottest gaming titles and see friends from other schools.
However, none of these holiday events will be viable without planning. Also, no planning would work if you don’t know when you’ll be having holidays.
If you’re schooling or enrolling a kid in a Edinburgh school and you’re curious about when you’ll be having school holidays, you’re at the right place.
This post will outline all the Edinburgh school holidays that the council has announced yet and when they’re taking place.
Edinburgh Council School Holidays 2023/24
For every academic session, the Edinburgh council publishes a schedule including all school holidays in the county. All schools in Edinburgh adhere to it and take the holidays as required.
If you want to know when you’ll be having holidays and breaks, you can use the Edinburgh council website or this website.
Here is a list of all Edinburgh school holidays from the council’s website, along with their dates and the purpose.
Edinburgh Autumn Half Term Resumption Day
The August resumption day is usually one of the first day of the term after holiday on a regular academic session.
The August resumption day marks the beginning of the autumn academic session, and it involves returning of teachers and students to schooling activities.
Councils set the August resumption day date for schools in their vicinity, and for Edinburgh, it’s on Wednesday, August 1st, 2022.
Edinburgh September Break (Autumn Holidays)
The September break marks the mid-term of the academic session in September. It’s a week-long holiday that commences from Monday, September 19th, 2022.
It’s one of the shortest holidays for Scottish students outside those set aside to celebrate a religious event like Christmas or Easter.
Edinburgh October Break (Mid Term Break)
The October break marks the end of the academic session in October. It’s a week-long holiday that commences from Monday, October 17th, to Monday, October 24th, 2022.
It’s one of the lengthier holidays for Scottish students outside those set aside to celebrate a religious event like Christmas or Easter.
Edinburgh Christmas/New Year Holiday
The Christmas and New Year’s Holidays start towards the end of the calendar year before Christmas and end after New Year.
This holiday lasts for two weeks, making it one of the lengthiest holidays for the session.
Schools across Edinburgh will close by 2:30 pm on Wednesday, December 21st, 2022, to commence the holidays. The schools will resume on Thursday, January 5th, 2023.
Edinburgh February break (Spring Midterm Holiday)
After the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays, Edinburgh schools won’t have another break until Monday, February 13th, 2023.
Of course, this isn’t Valentine’s break, it is to mark the middle of the Spring term, and like other midterm breaks, it lasts for two days.
Schools won’t open on Monday, February 13th, 2023, to Friday, February 17th, 2023, to mark the middle of the Spring term.
Edinburgh Easter/Spring Break
The lengthiest break for the 2023/24 session is a joint one; for the Spring Break and to commemorate Easter.
This break lasts for almost three weeks, starting with a 2:30 pm closure on Friday, March 31st, 2023. It continues until Monday, April 17th, 2023, when all schools reopen and resume academic activities.
This holiday is the best opportunity for vacations, picnics, visitations, and similar activities that you’ve always wanted to do.
Edinburgh May Day
There is also a holiday for all Lanarkshire schools on Monday, May 1st, 2023 and Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023, to commemorate the May Day celebration of the previous day and also staff only day.
May Day marks International Workers Day for all workers around the world. While the day happens to be a Sunday, schools and related institutions can take the closest working day off to commemorate the day.
This holiday is the first of the three holidays in May, making it the month with the most holidays in the year.
The Public holiday And Queen’s Jubilee Holiday
The Queen’s Jubilee holiday marks the anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. It usually takes place on June’s third day every year, but a public holiday on a preceding day will make it look longer than it is.
These holidays will make for a four-day weekend, starting from Thursday.
Edinburgh Summer Break
On Wednesday, June 28th, 2023, all schools in Edinburgh will close by 1 pm for the summer break.
The council has decided on the resumption date after this break, and the decided date is Wednesday, August 16th, 2023.
Other Schools Holidays
South Lanarkshire School Holidays
Conclusion & Summary Of Edinburgh School Holidays 2023/24
- First Day Of School: Wednesday, August 17th, 2022
- Autumn Half Term Holidays: Monday, October 17th, to Monday, October 24th, 2022
- Winter Holidays: Wednesday, December 21st, to Wednesday, January 4th 2023
- Spring Half Term Holidays: Monday, February 13th, 2023, to Friday, February 17th, 2023
- Spring/Easter Holidays: Monday, April 3rd, to Friday, April 14th, 2023
- Summer Half Term Holidays: Monday, May 1st, 2023, Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023 and Monday, May 22nd, 2023.
- Summer Holidays: Wednesday, June 28th, to Wednesday August 16th 2023
And that concludes all the holidays for schools in Edinburgh for the current academic session.
The holidays have varying durations, and they’re for varying purposes. They can help you plan out future events so your child won’t be absent during your housewarming.
If you’re a teacher in Edinburgh, these holidays apply to you too, but you will have to ignore the ‘in-service days,’ as those aren’t holidays for teachers.