Term Dates

Our 2021 – 2022 Term Dates are as follows:

Year 7 Students will begin to return to school from Wednesday 25th August.

All other students will return to school from Thursday 26th August.

At present the government are in the process of sharing a mass testing programme to operate in secondary schools on our return.  We will share details of this towards the end of the summer break.

Year 7 are invited in on their own on the first day as they missed out on all their induction visits so we want them to have a day on their own to get used to the school. This staged introduction to school life will enable all students to become familiar with new safety measures and their designated areas within the school as there are new routines for all to get used to

To enable them to adjust to being in school and get used to the new routines necessitated by the government guidance we will be inviting year groups in as follows:

DateYear Group Start Time
Wednesday 25th August and Thursday 26th AugustYear 7 8:40 am
Thursday 26th AugustYear 8 and 9


8 :50 am
Year 10 and 118.30 am
Friday 27th AugustAll students from all year groupsUsual start time
Monday 30th AugustSchool closed for Bank Holiday


What are the staggered start and finish times and why are we implementing them? We have adjusted school start and finish times for each year group to support social distancing and prevent public transport and the school entrance becoming over crowded.  We have 1200 students arriving and leaving each day.

Year GroupEntrance / Exit Area Start Time Finish Time
Year 7Student Reception Gate- Straight to Science Block 8.40am2.55pm
Year 8Student Reception Gate – Straight to Math’s area 8.40am2.55pm
Year 9Sports Hall Gate- Straight to MFL area 8.40am2.55pm
Year 10Sports Hall Gate- Line up in Tutor Groups8.30am2.45pm
Year 11Student Reception Gate- Line up in Tutor Groups8.30am2.45pm


Orchard Mead Academy – Term dates 2021 – 2022

Term No 1:  38 days (7 weeks 3 days)
INSET DAYS (Staff Training)Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th August 2021
Schools OpenWednesday 25th August 2021 (Year 7 students only)
Thursday 26th August 2021 (All years)
Bank holidayMonday 30th August 2021
Schools CloseFriday 15th October 2021
Autumn Half Term HolidayMonday 18th October 2021 to Friday 22nd October 2021


Term No 2:   40 days (8 weeks)
Schools OpenMonday 25th October 2021
Schools CloseFriday 17th December 2021
Christmas & New Year HolidayMonday 20th December 2021 to Tuesday 4th January 2022


Term No 3:   29 days (5 weeks 4 days)
Bank HolidayMonday 3rd January 2022
Schools OpenTuesday 4th January 2022
Schools CloseFriday 11th February 2022
Spring Half Term HolidayMonday 14th February 2022 to Friday 18th February 2022


Term No 4:  35 days (7 weeks)
Schools OpenMonday 21st February 2022
Schools CloseFriday 8th April 2022
Easter HolidaysMonday 11th April 2022 to Friday 22nd April 2022


Term No 5:  24 days (4 weeks 4 days)
Schools OpenMonday 25th April 2022
May Bank Holiday (schools closed) and additional Bank HolidayMonday 2nd May 2022 & Tuesday 3rd May 2022
Schools CloseFriday 27th May 2022
Summer Half Term HolidayMonday 30th May 2022 to Friday 3rd June 2022


Term No 6: 25 days (5 weeks)
Schools OpenMonday 6th June 2022
Schools CloseFriday 8th July 2022
Summer Holiday beginsMonday 11th July 2022


Bank Holidays: 30th August 2021, 27th & 28th December 2021, 3rd January 2022, 15th & 18th April 2022, 2nd  and 3rd May 2022, 30th May 2022

Inset Days: 23rd and 24th August 2021, 20th December 2021, *11th & *12th July 2022* Disaggregated.  Please note: On inset days, pupils are not required to attend school.


In addition to the above the school will close at 2pm on the following Mondays to allow for whole school Professional Learning:

Monday 13th September 2021

Monday 4th October 2021

Monday 1st November 2021

Monday 6th December 2021

Monday 10th January 2022

Monday 21st February 2022

Monday 21st March 2022

Monday 16th May 2022

Monday 20th June 2022

Additional Term Dates

Term dates 2021-22 v2.0
OMA Term Dates 2022-23
Orchard Mead Academy Term Dates 2023-24
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