Request for Absence During Term




IMPORTANT: Please read carefully the information below.

WARNING: If you take your child on holiday in term time without the prior approval of the school, you may be liable for a £60 Penalty Notice* per parent per child.


As a parent/carer, you can demonstrate your commitment to your child's education by taking your holidays during school holidays.




We recognise that it is often expensive to take a holiday during school breaks and that is why some parents may ask for term-time leave for their child.

However, it is important that parents carefully consider the implications of taking their child out of school during term time. Research suggests that children who are taken out of school may never catch up on the work they have missed. This may affect test results and can be particularly harmful if the child is working towards their SATS in Year 6. Children who struggle with English or Mathematics

may also find it even harder to cope when they return to school, while younger children may find it

difficult to renew friendships with their classmates.


There are times during a school year when a child may experience particular problems because of term-time leave such as:-

  • Closeness to exams or tests i.e. Standard Attainment Tests in year six.
  •  During the first year at a new school.
  • At the beginning of a new school term.If the school refuses a request for term-time leave and the child is still taken out of school, this will be recorded as unauthorised absence and you may receive a 50* fine per parent for each child.

The law does not say that parents have an automatic right to take their child out of school for holidays during term-time. However, in exceptional circumstances school may authorise, in advance, requests for periods of leave of no more than ten days in total in any year.The request for leave must come from a parent with whom the child normally resides, and must be for the purpose of a family holiday.

If a child then stays away from school for more than the authorised period this must be recorded as unauthorised absence and could be quoted in a prosecution for poor attendance.

If the child is away form school for a total of four weeks or more, the school may have to take the child off roll unless there is a good reason for the continued absence, such as illness. In these circumstances it is up to the parent to inform the school as once removed from roll, there is no guarantee that the child will regain a place at the school.

Advice from the Department for Children, Schools and Families in March 2008 states that schools can only approve absence for family holidays if they consider there are special circumstances.Holiday prices, and the fact that the parents have booked a holiday before checking with the school are not special reasons.



Other absence from school will be authorised if it

is for the following reasons:

  • Genuine illness
  • Unavoidable medical / dental appointments (but try to
  • make these after school if at all possible)
  • Days of religious observance
  • Exceptional circumstances, such as bereavement
  • Seeing a parent who is on leave form the armed forces
  • External examinations
  • When Traveller children go on the road with their parents


Other absence from school will not be


  • For any type of shopping
  • Looking after brothers, sisters or unwell parents
  • Minding the house
  • Birthdays
  • Resting after a late night
  • Relatives visiting or visiting relatives


Due to statutory testing, school WILL NOT authorise any holidays in term time for children in Yr 2 and Yr 6 prior to and including SATS testing weeks.


Please contact Mrs Axon if you wish to discuss this issue.

The law requires schools to be open to pupils for 190 days each year, and every day is important. Please help them not to miss any of this valuable time.

*Penalty Notice £60 if paid within 21 days, increasing to £120 if unpaid. 


If you still wish to proceed with your request, please ask at the school office for an application form.