Midlothian Council agrees school session dates for the next 2 years

Tuesday May 7th 2024

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Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Midlothian Council today agreed school session dates for the academic years 2025 / 2026 and 2026 / 2027.

Officers from Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian councils endeavour to synchronise session dates wherever possible, taking into account some differences in local holidays. These session dates therefore align closely with the dates set by neighbouring local authorities.

Parents, carers, parent councils, staff and union representatives were also consulted on the proposed dates.

Agreed dates are as follows:

– Midlothian will start the 2025/26 academic session on Monday 11th August, with pupils commencing on Wednesday 13th August. The last day of the Midlothian school session will be Friday 26th June 2026.

– Midlothian will start the 2026/27 academic session on Tuesday 11th August, with pupils commencing on Thursday 13th August. The last day of the Midlothian school session will be Tuesday 29th June 2027.

Cllr Ellen Scott, Midlothian Cabinet Member for Education said:

“By consultation with neighbouring councils and stakeholders before finalising our school session dates, we can ensure that pupil attendance is maximised and that life is more convenient for families and staff who have links to other council areas. Families will also be pleased that the dates are finalised so they can plan ahead for holidays and events.”

Midlothian will continue to undertake consultation with neighbouring authorities with the aim of maintaining alignment of school session dates for future years.

2025/26

Term end / midterm break up dates are last day in school before holiday starts.

Autumn

  • Term starts: Wednesday 13 August 2025
  • Autumn holiday: Friday 12 September to Monday 15 September 2025 inclusive
  • Midterm:
    • All break: Friday 10 October 2025
    • Pupils resume: Tuesday 21 October 2025
  • Term ends: Friday 19 December 2025

Spring

  • Term starts: Tuesday 6 January 2026
  • Midterm:
    • All break: Friday 13 February 2026
    • Pupils resume: Monday 23 February 2026
  • Term ends: Thursday 2 April 2026

Summer

  • Term starts: Tuesday 21 April 2026
  • May Day: Monday 4 May 2026
  • Victoria Day: Monday 18 May 2026
  • Term ends: Friday 26 June 2026

Staff development/non-pupil days

  • Monday 11, Tuesday 12 August 2025
  • Monday 20 October 2025
  • Monday 5 January 2026
  • Monday 18 May 2026

 

2026/27

Term end / midterm break up dates are last day in school before holiday starts.

Autumn

  • Term starts: Thursday 13 August 2026
  • Autumn holiday: Friday 11 September to Monday 14 September 2026 inclusive
  • Midterm:
    • All break: Friday 9 October 2026
    • Pupils resume: Tuesday 20 October 2026
  • Term ends: Tuesday 22 December 2026

Spring

  • Term starts: Thursday 7 January 2027
  • Midterm:
    • All break: Friday 12 February 2027
    • Pupils resume: Monday 22 February 2027
  • Easter:
    • All break: Thursday 25 March 2027
    • All resume: Tuesday 30 March 2027
  • Term ends: Friday 2 April 2027

Summer

  • Term starts: Tuesday 20 April 2027
  • May Day: Monday 3 May 2027
  • Victoria Day: Monday 24 May 2027
  • Term ends: Tuesday 29 June 2027

Staff development/non-pupil days

  • Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 August 2026
  • Monday 19 October 2026
  • Wednesday 6 January 2027
  • Monday 24 May 2027

Schools set their own start and finish times. To find out what time the school day finishes on the last day of term, contact your school.

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