Holidays in Term Time

Every school day counts towards your child’s future.

Days off school add up to lost learning.

In total there are 175 non-school days a year. This gives families the opportunity to:

Spend time together
Go on family visits
Go on holiday
Go on days out
Attend routine appointments

The law says that parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time.  If you take your child on holiday during term-time without the schools permission this will be recorded as unauthorised absence and may result in parents being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Why shouldn’t I take my child on holiday during term time?
Many parents and carers think it is okay to go on holiday during term time, this has a negative affect on their children’s learning and ability to achieve. If your child goes on holiday during term time, they are absent.

10 days absence = 95% attendance
19 days absence = 90% attendance
29 days absence = 85% attendance
38 days absence = 80% attendance
47 days absence = 75% attendance

Children with over 90% attendance are more likely to gain 5 or more A-C GCSE’S or equivalent qualifications.

How do I request leave of absence for a family holiday?

All requests should be made on an Application for Leave of Absence for Annual Holiday which is available from your child’s school

This should be submitted no later than 21 days before the start of the holiday.

Will the school authorise taking my child away during term-time?

Parents cannot demand leave of absence be granted for a family holiday. The Principal will consider the following exceptional circumstances prior to responding to your leave of absence request:

1.   Where it is company/organisational policy for an employee to take leave at a   
      specific time in the year and there is no opportunity for a family holiday in school
      holidays.  This must be evidenced by production of the policy document of the

2.  Service personnel returning from/scheduled to embark upon a tour of duty

  What happens if the Principal does not agree my request?

Your child’s absence will be marked as unauthorised absence.

If you take your child on holiday your child’s school may request the Local Authority issue a Fixed Penalty Notice. The Penalty is £60 per parent per pupil and if not paid within 21 days this will increase to £120.  Failure to pay the full amount within 28 days will result in a summons to appear in the Magistrates Court on the grounds that you have failed to ensure your child’s regular attendance at school.