Absence Request During Term Time

Can parents/carers please note that a request for absence that has not been authorised will result in a fixed penalty notice (FPN).

The Government discourages the taking of holidays in term time. Evidence shows that children who miss school do not achieve as well as those who attend regularly.

As of September 2013, the law has restricted a Headteacher's ability to authorise holidays during term time. Headteachers are now empowered to approve a leave of absence when it is requested in advance by the parent or carer with whom the child resides and when circumstances of the requested leave are "exceptional".

Should you still choose to take a holiday with your child during this period the Local Authority will be informed as this will constitute an unauthorised absence. A Fixed Penalty Notice will then be issued in accordance with section 444 of the Education Act 1996.

The law stipulates that the current penalties payable by parents are £60 when the penalty is paid within 21 days and £120 when the penalty is paid within 28 days. This penalty is per parent/carer per child.

If the fixed penalty is not paid this could lead to the parents/carers being prosecuted in the Magistrate's Court.

If you feel the decision has not taken into account any relevant exceptional circumstances, then you will need to contact the school immediately for further discussion.

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