Leave of Absence
Leave During Term Time
Leave During Term Time New legislation introduced in September 2013 states that parents do not have the right to take their child(ren) out of school during term time. Parents can be fined for taking their child(ren) out of school during term time except in exceptional circumstances. By law you must ask permission for your child to miss school. If you don’t, you risk being served with a penalty notice from the local authority. We would actively discourage parents and carers from taking children out of school during term time. It is recognised that absence from School directly impacts learning. If a child misses a step; the next step of learning becomes much more difficult. Special requests for leave of absence during term time should be made in person to the Head Teacher. Parents have no entitlement to leave of absence and it can only be authorised by the Head Teacher.
The Local Authority Code of Conduct for the issue of Fixed Penalty Notices in respect of Poor School Attendance and Unauthorised Holidays / Leave of Absence taken in Term-Time states that a parent will not be issued with more than 1 Fixed Penalty Notice in respect of an individual child in any 2-year period.
This means that if any parent/carer who has already received a Fixed Penalty Notice then takes their child out of school in term time for a holiday, which falls within 2 years of the date of the last day of absence of the previous holiday, a request will be made to the Local Authority and the matter may be referred to the Magistrate’s Court. This could result in a prosecution of up to £1000.