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Holidays in term time

Holidays in term time are not permitted and any such absence will be marked as unauthorised. It is important that children attend school regularly if they are to benefit from the learning opportunities provided. Children who are absent from school due to a holiday in term time will miss out on important learning. The time teachers have to help all the children in a class is reduced if they spend time helping a child to catch up after a holiday. Educational experiences in school missed as a result of a family holiday cannot be re-captured later. If your child does not attend school regularly, he/she will not be able to keep up with the work. This will have a serious impact on opportunities later in life. 

Where a family chooses to take a holiday during term time, the absence will be coded as ‘unauthorised’ and a Penalty Notice may be issued by the Local Authority to each parent for each child (where 5 or more days of unauthorised absence are recorded as a result). The penalty is currently £120 per parent, per child / £60 if paid within 21 days). If this penalty is not paid the Local Authority will instigate legal proceedings against the parent/carer in the Magistrates Court.

Additionally, in compliance with the Education Act 436A (Chapter 2 Part 6) the school will, after making appropriate checks, report all Children Missing from Education to the Local Authority Education Welfare an Inclusion Service, who has a duty to investigate the whereabouts of such children and negotiate their prompt return to suitable education.

If a medical appointment takes place during school hours, parents will be asked to provide evidence such as a letter or appointment card in order for the absence to be authorised. 

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