HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME-IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The Government has implemented new legislation effective from 1 September 2013 which means that no requests for holidays can be authorised except in exceptional circumstances.
Guidelines to what can be defined as exceptional circumstances are:
Where it is company/organisational policy for an employee to take leave at a specified time in the year and there is no opportunity for a family holiday in school holidays.This must be supported by documentary evidence from the organisation.
Service personnel returning from/scheduled to embark upon a tour of duty abroad.
Where a holiday is recommended as part of a parent or child’s rehabilitation from a medical or emotional issue.Evidence must be provided, from qualified professionals, such as a doctor.
When a parent/carer wishes to apply to take their child out of school during term time they must complete a leave of absence form which should be submitted to the school at least 4 weeks before the proposed start of absence.
Please be aware that school is not longer able to authorise any holidays during term time and if parents/carers choose to take their child out of school a Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued by the Local Authority .
If parents/carers are issued with a fixed penalty Notice, the penalty is £60 per child/per parent or carer when the payment is made within 21 days. After 28 days this will increase to £120.
Failure to pay within 28 days will result in a summons to appear before Magistrates court on the grounds that the parent/carer has failed to secure their child’s regular attendance at school.
Please note that a separate Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued to each parent for each child and all monies are payable to the Local Authority.
The school policy regarding term time holidays has been revised to take into account this new legislation. A copy of the policy along with the relevant leave of absence form, can be collected in person from reception