THE French school holidays for the coming academic year 2020 to 2021, will see school children go back to the classroom at the end of the summer break on Tuesday 1 September.
The school holiday dates for the year are outlined below, and while the dates mention Saturday that is for the last date should lessons take place, in most cases it will be the Friday the day before that school finishes.
Vacances de la Toussaint 2020
End of class, Saturday 17 October 2020
Start day, Monday 2 November 2020
Vacances de Noël 2020
End of class, Saturday 19 December 2020
Start day, Monday 4 January 2021
A key feature of the calendrier scolaire is the different dates for holidays amongst the different educational zones in France.
The three distinct zones when it comes to the dates of when classes break up are:
Zone A: Académies de Besançon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon, Poitiers
Zone B: Académies d'Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Lille, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Nice, Normandie, Orléans-Tours, Reims, Rennes, Strasbourg
Zone C: Académies de Créteil, Montpellier, Paris, Toulouse, Versailles
And the division of schools regions comes into play during the mid-winter and Easter holidays.
Vacances d'hiver 2021
Zone A: End of class, Saturday 6 February 2021. Start day, Monday 22 February 2021
Zone B: End of class, Saturday 20 February 2021. Start day, Monday 8 March 2021
Zone C: End of class, Saturday 13 February 2021. Start day, Monday 1 March 2021
Vacances de printemps 2021 (Easter)
Zone A: End of class, Saturday 10 April 2021. Start day, Monday 26 April 2021
Zone B: End of class, Saturday 24 April 2021. Start day, Monday 10 May 2021
Zone c: End of class, Saturday 17 April 2021. Start day, Monday 3 May 2021
Pont de l'Ascension 2021
End of class, Wednesday 12 May 2021
Start day, Monday 17 May 2021
Grandes vacances - Summer holidays 2021
End of class, Tuesday 6 July 2021
If you found this useful...
+ Stay up-to-date: Get your free This French Life newsletter