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Holidays in Term Time

From September 2013, parents no longer have the right to request leave of absence for their children for an annual holiday. The amendments to the 2006 Pupil Registration Regulations make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. We recognise that the employment of parents and carers can impact on choices regarding holidays; if holidays are dictated by the employer (e.g. for armed forces or emergency services personnel), rather than just availability of holidays as part of an employer’s rota, this will be considered. Proof from the employer will be required. If there are exceptional circumstances, the “Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school, if the leave is granted.” Each request will be taken on its own merits and all criteria will be taken into account for every request - Proof will be required. We use the following criteria to decide whether such requests for absence will be granted:

Holiday absence taken without approval will be recorded as unauthorised and a referral will be made to the Education Welfare Service who will then decide, in conjunction with the Headteacher, on the appropriate action to take. This will be either a formal written warning or the issue of a penalty notice. A Penalty Notice is a fine of £60 issued to each parent if paid between 1 - 21 days after issue, increasing to £120 if paid between 21 - 28 days. If payment is not received within 28 days you may be prosecuted for the offence of non-school attendance under Section 444 (1A) Education Act 1996 and could be fined up to £2500 and / or receive a prison sentence of up to three months. Please note that no absence for holidays will be authorised in September, the start of a new school year, as it is too disruptive to children’s education. SD6 Holiday Authorisation Form

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