Where possible holidays should be taken during the school holidays. If leave is required during term time, a ‘Leave of Absence Request Form' should be completed and submitted to the School’s Attendance Officer. Please note that these are only requests and should be returned at least 2 weeks prior to the intended first day of leave.
Parents do not have a legal right to take children out of school on holiday. The law says that schools have discretion to grant up to 10 days' authorised absence in a school year.
The school usually insists that a child’s attendance is 96% or above before a leave of absence will be authorised or unless there are exceptional circumstances. Holidays will not be authorised during exam periods.
Where authorisation is not obtained prior to taking time off, parents must be aware that formal action is available to the school in the form of Fixed Penalty Notices and fines.
Did you know?
- There are 190 statutory school days in one year.
- There are 175 days including weekends and holidays available to use for holidays.