Annual leave guide

keep track of your annual leave entitlement using the calculators provided

Annual leave is an important benefit and staff are encouraged to book annual leave throughout the year to ensure that they are taking regular breaks from work. At LSE, full-time staff are entitled to 25 days’ annual leave, 8 days of public (bank) holiday, and 8 days of School closure which is made up of 5 days at Christmas and 3 at Easter. This total of 41 days is pro-rata for part-time staff.

For more details about the principles by which staff and managers should manage annual leave entitlements, please see the Use of Annual Leave Policy for Professional Services Staff

Holiday calculator (Full time)

If you are joining the LSE, or leaving, you can calculate your adjusted entitlement using the following form:

Holiday Calculator 2023 - Full Time

Holiday Calculator 2024 - Full Time

Holiday calculator (Part time)

If you are a part time member of staff joining the LSE, or leaving, you can calculate your adjusted entitlement using the following form: 

Holiday Calculator 2023 - Part Time

Holiday Calculator 2024 - Part Time

As most English public holidays fall on a Monday, part-time staff who, for example, don't work Mondays need to be compensated with additional annual leave to make up for the public holidays they miss.

Conversely part-time staff who normally work Mondays will receive slightly less annual leave to make up for their over-allocation public holidays. These calculators takes into account these factors and adjust your entitlement accordingly.

Public holidays & school closure days

For a table outlining the pattern of English public holidays and LSE School Closure Days for 2022-2024, please click here.

If you use MyView to book your annual leave, please ensure all of your Bank Holidays and School Closure Days are booked on your record.  If you are new to the school, are Part Time or work an irregular work pattern you will need to book these yourselves.

To understand more about how we calculate Annual Leave Entitlements, including Bank Holiday and School Closure day rules, please refer to the Annual Leave Pocket Guide.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the leave year the calendar year or the academic year?

The leave year is the calendar year, i.e. January - December. 

What is a reasonable amount of notice when informing my line manager of my intention to take my annual leave?

Usually it is expected that members of staff should give their line manager notice of at least twice the length of the period of leave to be taken. In some rare cases, operational reasons may necessitate that leave cannot be granted at the preferred time.

Can I carry over my annual leave?

If you have not used all of your annual leave entitlement by 31 December, you can automatically carry forward up to five days’ leave into the following leave year (pro-rated if you are part-time).

Requests for exceptional carry over can be made at the begining of each new annual leaver year. The form to request carry over leave into the 2024 year will be made available  in January 2024.  

I've just started at LSE. How is my leave calculated for my first year?

Your entitlement during your first leave year is adjusted on a pro-rata basis. Your new leave year is calculated using your start date through to the 31st December. 

I'm leaving LSE. How is my final leave calculated?

Your final salary is adjusted to take into account the amount of leave you have taken during the calendar year. 

You can calculate this figure using the calculator above.

I've heard that LSE will be closed on 5 April - how will this affect my leave? 

In addition to the Spring break dates that have already been published for 2024, a decision has been made to close LSE on 5 April 2024. Unless you are advised differently by your line manager, you are not required to work on 5 April if you were previously due to do so. This additional day is separate to your usual holiday entitlement and therefore you don’t need to book this date off in MyView. If you had already booked 5 April as annual leave, this has not been deducted from your annual leave entitlement for the year. If you are unsure about how this applies to your role, please speak with your manager.