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Holidays in Term Time

Request for holiday in term time

We would like to update you about important changes to legislation announced by the Department of Education(DfE) with regards to holidays taken in term time.

There is no automatic entitlement for holidays in term time. The Principal will consider each case individually before making a decision whether to authorise it or not. Please note - even if it is authorised, it will still count as an absence.

Schools are no longer allowed to authorise any request for children to be taken out of school for a holiday in term time. Requests for leave can only be granted in exceptional circumstances, and in many cases a holiday would not be considered exceptional.

If a request for leave of absence is unauthorised and you still take you child out of school, a request may be made to the Local Authority to consider issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice. Fixed Penalty Notices are £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days rising to £120 per parent per child within 28 days.