DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION GUIDELINES
- From 1st September 2013, schools have not been allowed to authorise any requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time.
- Requests for leave can only be granted in exceptional circumstances, and a holiday would not be considered exceptional.
- Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the DfE have told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken. A Leave of Absence form can be collected from the school office - once completed it should be forwarded to the school office. All Leave of Absence requests will be considered on an individual basis.
- Even if a holiday/leave of absence is authorised by the school it will affect the child’s percentage attendance. Coupled with any periods of illness, it could mean that the child’s attendance becomes a cause for concern
PARENTS MAY RECEIVE A PENALTY NOTICE IF THEIR CHILD IS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL WITHOUT PERMISSION. FROM SEPTEMBER 2013 THE COST OF THESE NOTICES WILL BE £60 PER CHILD PER PARENT IF PAID WITHIN 21 DAYS, AND £120 IF PAID BETWEEN 22 AND 28 DAYS.