Schools are required to be open for a minimum of 167 days at post-primary. School summer holidays are not standardised and schools may use discretionary days to determine the precise start and end of the school year.
Post primary schools will not be open beyond the Friday preceding the June bank holiday in any year so as to facilitate the state examinations.
Schools will normally re-open during the week in which 1st September falls. However, the school year may start in the week prior to that in which 1st September falls if this is necessary in order to meet the overall requirement of a minimum of 167 days at post-primary level.
The standard breaks at Christmas, Easter and Mid-term in the first and second terms for the school years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 are available under:
School Year Starts
School opens Thursday 27th August 2009.
Monday 27th October 2014 to Friday 31th October 2014 (inclusive).
Period leading up to Friday 19th December 2014.
School Closes: Friday 22nd December 2014 at 15:55.
School re-opens: Monday 5th January 2015 at 08:55.
Boarders return Sunday evening 4th January before 9.30 pm.
Monday 16th February 2015 to Friday 20th February 2015 (inclusive).
Period leading up to .
Wednesday 4th March 2015.
St. Patrick’s Day
Tuesday 17th March 2015
School Closes: Friday 27th March 2015 at 15:55.
School Re-opens: Monday 13th April 2015 at 08:55.
Boarders return Sunday night 12th March before 21.30.
Monday 4th May 2015.
Tuesday 12th May 2015.
Period leading up to Friday 29th May 2015.
School Year Ends
Friday 29th May 2015.
Begin on Wednesday 3rd June 2015.