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Fernhurst Primary School

Dates and timetables

Our school calendar is filled with events, enrichments and opportunities to be involved in the school life of your child(ren).  

Below are timetables and dates that will be helpful for you to note.  You will get reminders in our weekly newsletter but looking ahead can help you to plan accordingly so that you do not miss out on any events. 

Term dates

We follow West Sussex term dates.  Please look at all school term dates before booking holidays if you have a sibling in a Surrey or Hampshire nursery or secondary school as their term dates differ.  

Autumn Term 

Return to school - Tuesday 5th September 2023

Half Term - Week of 23rd-27th October 2023

Last day of term - Friday 15th December 2023

Spring Term

Return to school - Wednesday 3rd January 2024

Half Term - Week of 12th-16th February 2024

Last day of term - Thursday 28th March 2024

Summer Term

Return to school - Tuesday 16th April 2024

Half Term - Week of 27th-31st May 2024

Last day of term - Tuesday 23rd July 2024

For more information about future term dates, please see 

INSET days 

An inset (IN-SErvice Training) day is one of a series of term time days on which school sessions are not run, and pupils do not attend school. On the inset day, teachers are required to undertake professional development or other approved activities.

Inset days for academic year 2023-24 :

2024-2025 term dates (please note that INSET days are yet to be confirmed)

Autumn Term 

Return to school - Monday 2nd September 2024

Half Term - Monday 21st October - Friday 1st November

Last day of term - Friday 20th December 2024

Spring Term

Return to school - Monday 6th January 2025

Half Term - Week of 17th-21st February 2025

Last day of term - Friday 4th April 2025

Summer Term

Return to school - Tuesday 22nd April 2025

Half Term - Week of 26th-30th May 2025

Last day of term - Tuesday 22nd July 2025

For more information about future term dates, please see 



We love seeing parents and family members join us to find out about the learning that takes place.  Our open classroom events are opportunities for you to come into class to work alongside your child and share their learning and you then see them present their learning in our sharing assemblies.  Every class performs on stage in a show every year - they are events not to be missed!  


Good communication is key.  To enable you to ask more about school life, we have half termly open forum events where we have honest and open conversations about aspects of school life.  It is a good opportunity to ask questions and to find out more detail about school.

Holidays in Term Time

Since September 2013 the Department for Education have stated that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Find out more information here. 

If you are requesting time off during term time, you will need to complete a leave of absence request form.  These are available from the school office.  

The legal guidance means that we are not authorised to give permission for family holidays during term time, unless we are satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances.  Any unauthorised absence may result in West Sussex issuing a penalty notice or seeking legal action.  Please ask at the school office for more information.

Timetables for Woodland Adventures and PE