Under current Government legislation, you can only allow your child to miss school if:
You must submit a request to the school before you arrange for your child to have time away.
If you wish to take your child out of school during term time, you must submit a formal request to the Headteacher via the school office. This is done by requesting a Leave of Absence Form from the school office or by clicking on the link below.
The Headteacher will then consider whether to give permission for the absence. A letter will then be sent to both parents (where applicable) advising of the Headteacher decision.
Permission for term time absences will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
The Headteacher will consider each absence request individually and decide whether the absence will be authorised. However, what is decided for one request for leave of absence does not set a precedent for any further requests from yourself or other parents.
It is at the schools' discretion to decide which circumstances are 'exceptional'. Examples of circumstances which are not classed as exceptional may include:
As a general guideline, exceptional circumstances usually only apply to immediate family. Requests for leave related to extended family and friends are likely to be refused.
If your request for a leave of absence is refused and you still choose to take your child out of school for a holiday or other reason, you may be fined or even prosecuted.
This could mean being issued with a fixed penalty notice. The current fine stands at £60 per child, per parent if paid within 21 days of being issued with the penalty notice. This rises to £120 per child, per parent after 21 days.
Missing two weeks of school for a holiday might not seem very much but it can have a big effect of your child's education.
For example, if your child misses two weeks of school every year, this adds up to more than two terms over the child's whole time at school.
Making sure your child attends school as much as possible means:
You can find out more about the legislation surrounding term time leave of absences by clicking here.