Grant for Leave of Absence Under Extreme Circumstances

The school term dates are published a year in advance and we therefore do not see any reason for parents to take family holidays during term time. Amendments to the 2006 Education Act states that:

‘Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.’

Parents, who decide to take their children on holiday during term time, can be given a penalty notice.

If your request is declined and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household will be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.

Any request for absence should be presented in writing to the school office for consideration, addressed to Mrs L.Whittaker.


Miss C Moran

01204 333580