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Holidays During Term Time

Before you decide to go think carefully!
Taking your child out of school during term-time without authorisation is illegal and you could face a fine of up to £2,500 per child.

Did you know?

  • You must ask for written permission in advance from the head teacher for
  • your child to miss school .
  • Children who miss school may fall behind with their schoolwork
  • Some of these children never catch up and do badly in their exams
To help your child do well in school, you should:
  • Only go on extended visits during school holidays
  • If you have to go during term time, don't go for more than two weeks
  • Schools will not authorise a holiday just before or during examination times
  • Always get permission from your head teacher before booking your child's trip
  • Plan the absence carefully with your child's school
  • Always give a return date
Frequently Asked Questions
Q.
Is my child entitled to two weeks away from school for family holidays?

A. No. Parents cannot demand a pupil's leave of absence for a holiday as a right.

Under regulation 8 of the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 1995, it is only a discretionary power for leave to be granted for the purpose of an annual holiday.

Q. Do I need to apply in advance for my child's leave to be granted for the purpose of an annual holiday?

A. Yes. Two weeks leave for a family holiday should not be regarded as an acceptable norm. Parents/guardians are therefore requested to contact the Headteacher well in advance of planned holiday, giving the reason for taking

time off during the term, instead of using statutory school holidays for the trip. Parents/guardians are advised to apply in writing at least two weeks before the trip.

Q. Where can I get further advice on this matter?

A. Always contact your child's school first, as they are the only authority with the discretionary power to grant the exceptional leave of absence for family holidays. You may also seek advice from: the Education Attendance Service.

 
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