Holiday Leave in Term Time
From 1 September 2013, the Department of Education changed the regulations regarding requests for family holidays during term time. The changes to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 mean there is no legal entitlement for parents to take children on holiday during term time. The new regulations also make it clear that Headteachers may not authorise leave during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional.
The school closes for 13 weeks of holidays each academic year and we expect all parents/carers will take their family holidays whilst the school is closed. Any parent wanting to take their child on a leave of absence from school should request and complete a Leave of Absence form. The application will be looked at on an individual basis and you will be informed by letter of the outcome. However, it is highly unusual to grant leave of absence during term time. Any holiday or leave taken without permission from the Headteacher will be unauthorised and legal action may be sought from the Local Authority.
The approval of Leave of Absence does not set a precedent for similar future requests and the frequency /duration of such leave periods will be considered factors in any decision.
The Council will use the full range of sanctions available where Leave of Absence is taken without the permission from the school. The Council will regularly monitor school absence during term time and will work with Headteachers to ensure parents adhere to the new legislation.
Department of Education Guidance
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Where family holidays or leave of absence are taken without the permission of the school, parents can be given a Penalty Notice for periods of unauthorised holidays.
From 1 September 2013, payment of a Penalty Notice within 21 days is £60 per parent per child and payment after this time but within 28 days is £120.
Schools can delete pupils from the registers if they fail to return within 10 school days of the agreed return date or after 20 days of unauthorised absence if the holiday/leave of absence has not been agreed.