LEAVE OF ABSENCE IN TERM TIME WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW PRENTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
WHY SHOULDN’T I TAKE MY CHILD ON HOLIDAY IN TERM TIME?
Because your child may:
Fall behind in their school work
Achieve lower in tests because of missed work
Feel excluded from their group of friends when they return to school
Loss of confidence because they do not understand new work which may have been set during their absence
Any absence during term time seriously hinders the continuity of a child’s education and reduces their chances of success.
Parents/Carers are asked to take family holidays during the school holidays, wherever possible.
What the regulations say
Guidance issued by the Department for Education 1994 clearly states:
‘No Parents/Carers can demand leave of absence for the purpose of holidays as a right.’
Family holidays can only be authorised by the Head teacher if your child has maintained an excellent attendance record.
If there is a specific reason why holidays cannot be taken during term time, you should contact school in advance to discuss this with the Head Teacher, before the holiday is booked.
National studies have shown that there is a strong link between pupils’ school attendance and their attainment at school.
Poor attendance can seriously disrupt your child’s learning, particularly during transition from Primary to Secondary School.
Keeping children away from school for no good reason is a criminal offence.
You should be aware that if you take your child on holiday in term time without the authorisation of your child’s Head Teacher, you may be issued with a FIXED PENALTY NOTICE.
Information for parents/guardians about fixed penalty notices
What is a fixed penalty notice?
The Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003 allows a Local Authority to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for poor school attendance. These notices require a penalty to be paid by Parents/Carers of pupils who have unauthorised absence from school.
A Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued if you take a family holiday during term time without prior authorisation of the Head Teacher.
Questions you may ask
Q. Is my child entitled to two weeks away from school for a family holiday?
A. NO – The law says you do not have the right to take your child out of school for holidays during term time.
Under regulation 8 of the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 1995, it is only discretionarypower for leave to be granted by the Head Teacher for the purposes of an annual family holiday.
Q. Do I need to apply in advance for my child’s leave of absence for the family holiday?
A. YES – Parents/Carer must apply for leave in writing, giving as much notice as possible, before you book your holiday.