Holidays in Term Time
The Department for Education expects schools and local authorities to promote good attendance and reduce absences, including persistent absence. This is because we know that missing out on lessons leaves children/young people vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary schools.
As a school we work incredibly hard to support all children and their families so as to ensure that all children have good attendance.
The Government has recently made amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 which came into force on 1st September 2013. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
• Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made.
• You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised.
Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence for holidays during the term time unless there are exceptional circumstances; in these cases it is the Head Teacher who determines the number of days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
For the school to comply with the law, I am unable to approve requests for leave of absence for reasons that are not considered to be special or exceptional. These are rare occasions which may include Weddings, Funerals, Religious celebrations (the day of the event) or works closures – where a place of work dictates which weeks in the year you can take annual leave from work.
Parents needing leave of absence for exceptional circumstances should complete a form at least two weeks before the anticipated start date. The reason for the request should be given in detail. Applications should be made before the leave is arranged as absences will not be granted retrospectively.
This is Government policy which schools are legally required to uphold. Parents who take their children on holiday without permission will incur unauthorised absences for their child. Parents could be issued with a fixed penalty notice and/or court action which is actioned by Derbyshire County Council, not school.
Please see the Derbyshire Council Good Attendance poster. Click here