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Holidays during term time

5 August 2013

There is no entitlement for you to take your child on holiday during term time. You can be fined for taking your child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.
Absence during term time should be avoided because children can fall behind with their work and may find it difficult to integrate.
An application for leave must be made in writing to the school, detailing the exceptional circumstances.
The headteacher must be satisfied the circumstances warrant the granting of leave. Leave of absence may not be granted during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. They will determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
If you do not apply for leave of absence in advance, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. If your child is away for longer than was agreed, any extra time is recorded as unauthorised.
For more information, see our attending school section.