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Can my child have time off during term time?

Leave of Absence


Current law does not give any entitlement to parents/ carers to take their child out of school during term time. The Education Regulators of 2013 prohibits headteachers from granting any leave of absence during term time unless there are 'exceptional circumstances'.


Parents/ Carers should complete a 'Leave of Absence Form' at least one month before any leave is required, with supporting evidence attached. If the leave of absence is not authorised, parents/ carers will receive a letter from the head, which will include a warning that a penalty notice may be issued if the leave is taken.


Penalty notices can be issued if:


There have been 10 sessions (5 consecutive days) or more of unauthorised absence due to leave taken during an academic year;


Attendance is below 90% during the preceding 12 weeks before the leave was taken; OR

The leave was taken during the month of September; OR

The leave was taken during a test week.


The school will contact the Early Help, Family Support & Youth Offending Service Team Leader, who will decide whether to issue a penalty notice. (£60 if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice, rising to £120 if paid after 21 days).