Sat Aug 2 2014

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Changes to holidays in term time

The Department for Education has made amendments to the regulations which previously allowed Headteachers the discretion to grant holidays taken during term time.

  • The current law does not give parents any entitlement to take their children out of school for a holiday during term time.
  • Any application for leave must only be in 'exceptional' circumstances and the Headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are 'exceptional' and warrant the granting of leave.
  • In 'exceptional' circumstances, a request for absence must be made in advance, to the Headteacher, who will inform you of his/her decision prior to booking your holiday.
  • If a request for leave is not authorised by the Headteacher and the pupil goes on holiday, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

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