Holidays During Term Time

Government regulations mean we are unable to grant any leave of absence unless in ‘exceptional circumstances’. Low cost travel or arrangements made by a family member or friends; shift patterns and allocated time off and other family events are not considered exceptional and so we will not able to authorise any such absences.

We fully appreciate the financial difficulties that some parents face when booking holidays, particularly during school holidays. However, the local authority and the Government is insisting that all schools have firm policies and procedures and stringent checks to ensure that there is a significant reduction in the number of absences being authorised by schools during term time. The Local Authority will be monitoring all school absences and challenging those schools, and parents, that do not adhere to the new legislation. The Local Authority can fine parents for failing to ensure their child attends school.

Leave of absence must be formally requested from and agreed by the Head Teacher in advance of any absence.

Further details of the changes to leave of absence rules can be found on the Government’s Department for Education website.