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New Aberdeenshire School Terms and holidays 2021-2023

School terms
School Terms – Academic years 2021 to 2023

School Terms – These dates are for community and voluntary controlled schools in Aberdeenshire.

Term dates for foundation and voluntary-aided schools and academies may be different. Check with your child’s school for their term dates.

2021/22 School term2022/23 School term
Term 1Term 1
16th August 2021 – in-service day
– 17th August 2021 – start of term 1
– 15th October 2021 – end of term 1
– 18th to 29th October 2021 – October holiday
Local holidays during term 1:
Fraserburgh catchment area – 20th September 2021
Portlethen catchment area – 27th September 2021 
22nd August 2022 – in-service day
– 23rd August 2022 – start of term 1
– 14th October 2022 – end of term 1
– 17th to 28th October 2022 – October holiday
Term 2Term 2
1st November 2021 – start of term 2
– 18th November 2021 to 19th November 2021 – in-service days
– 21st December 2021 – end of term 2
– 22nd December 2021 to 4th January 2022 – Christmas holiday
Local holidays during term 2:
Westhill catchment area – 20th and 21st December 2022
9th January 2023 – start of term 3
– 13th February 2023 – mid term holiday
– 14th and 15th February 2023 – in-service days
– 31st March 2023 – end of term 3
3rd to 14th April 2023 – spring holiday
Term 3Term 3
5th January 2022 – start of term 3
– 14th February 2022 – mid term holiday
– 15th February 2022 to 16th February 2022 – in-service days
– 1st April 2022 – end of term 3
– 4th to 15th April 2022 – spring holiday
Local holidays during term 3:
Ellon catchment area – 5th January 2022
Stonehaven catchment area  – 9th February 2022
Aboyne, Alford, Banchory, Banff, Ellon, Fraserburgh,

Huntly, Inverurie, Kemnay, Laurencekirk, Peterhead,
Porthlethen and Stonehaven
catchment areas – 10th February 2022
Aboyne, Alford, Banchory, Banff, Ellon, Fraserburgh,

Huntly, Inverurie, Kemnay, Laurencekirk, Mledrum,
Mintlaw, Peterhead, Portlethen, Stonehaven,
Turriff and Westhill catchment areas – 11th February 2022
Mintlaw catchment area – 1st April 2022
Turriff catchment area – 29th April 2022
5th January 2022 – start of term 3
– 14th February 2022 – mid term holiday
– 15th February 2022 to 16th February 2022 – in-service days
– 1st April 2022 – end of term 3
– 4th to 15th April 2022 – spring holiday
Term 4Term 4
18th April 2022 – start of term 4
– 2nd May 2022 – May Day holiday
– 1st July 2022 – end of term 4
– 4th July to 19th August 2022 – summer holiday
Local holidays during term 4:
Aboyne, Alford, Banchory, Banff, Huntly, Inverurie,

Kemnay, Laurencekirk, Meldrum,
Mintlaw and Turriff catchment areas – 6th June 2022
17th April 2023 – start of term 4
– 1st May 2023 – May Day holiday
– 7th July 2023 – end of term 4
– 10th July to 18th August 2023 – summer holiday
Aberdeenshire School Terms

In Scotland, each local authority sets its own terms and school terms holidays.

The Aberdeenshire school terms years covers four terms.

The school year usually begins in the second or third week of August. There are breaks of one or two weeks in October and at Christmas and Easter.

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