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Taking Holiday in Term Time



As of September 2013, no school is allowed to grant holiday requests under the new legislation. Therefore, any request for term time absence will need to be put in writing, in advance, to the Headteacher. Each case will be considered individually. Absence will only be authorised in specific circumstances.  No retrospective approval can be granted. Failure to request permission for leave, or refusal to grant leave, will mean that the absence is unauthorised. Schools are required to notify the Local Authority of all unauthorised absences.


It is Trust Policy that holidays during term time will not be approved under any circumstances.


In previous years, Headteachers could authorise up to 10 days in an academic year for a child to be out of school for holidays, family visits and various other occasions. This law has now changed, and there is no longer any “entitlement” or “allowance”. Any absence from school is authorised solely at the discretion of the Headteacher, within the framework of current legislation and policy.


DID YOU KNOW that if a child is taken away for a two week holiday every year during term time and has an average number of days off for sickness and appointments, then by the time they leave at sixteen they will have missed a year of school?


Therefore, every day counts!



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