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Removing your child from Education (previously known as Holidays in term time)

Removing your child from Education during term time

We encourage parents to not book holidays in school term time. Our attendance policy states:


The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 explanatory note states:
“Head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances”
Application for term-time leave of absence must be made in advance by the parent with whom the child normally resides on the form headed ‘Removal from Education during term-time’. These may be obtained from the school office. 

Leave of absence will only be granted where the Head teacher considers it is due to ‘exceptional circumstances’. Parents will be informed within 7 school days as to whether the request has been authorised or unauthorised. 


There are approximately 190 school days (380 sessions) a year which your child is expected to attend. There are also approximately 71 days (142 sessions) of school holidays. This is over 13 school weeks. Please ensure that your holidays are taken during this period. 


Any request for Leave of Absence of more than 3 days in any academic year could lead to the County Council issuing a Penalty Notice or prosecution.  The penalty is set at £120 per child per parent/carer and should be paid within 28 days of the date on which the notice starts. 


Medical proof will be required for any absences taken immediately before or after a Request for Leave of absence that leads to more than 5 days absence otherwise a Penalty Notice may be issued.