Parents/carers who need to take their child out of school during term time should contact the school immediately. Contact should be made before booking travel for holidays in term time. Please read the School Attendance policy before booking holiday in term time.
As of 1 September 2013 there has been a change in the School Attendance Regulations. Where there used to be the option for headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during the term time in ‘special circumstances’ of up to ten days in a year, this has been removed.
Leave of Absence Requests
Often one of the biggest adjustments for any family once they have children of compulsory school age is recognising that family holidays need to be taken within the school holiday period. In exceptional circumstances there may be times when leave of absence from school for reasons other than holiday needs to be requested. Holiday is not deemed to be an exceptional circumstance.
In exceptional circumstances parents/carers should complete a leave of absence in term time request, available from the school office, to request time away from school. We strongly recommend that you request permission before planning any leave of absence. The request should be made in advance by the parent or carer with whom the child lives. This is the case even where it is another person who wishes to take the child out of school.
If your child goes on holiday in term time or takes leave of absence for other reasons without permission from the Executive Headteacher, the absences will be marked in the school register as unauthorised absences and this may result in a Truancy Penalty Notice of £60 (rising to £120) per parent per child being issued by the local authority. In some cases, parents may be prosecuted for the offence of failure to ensure regular attendance at school. Parents/carers should never simply discount the amount of a penalty notice from the cost of a cheaper holiday, because this is a criminal offence and, when doing so, they are always risking prosecution.
Variations between schools
Please be aware that there can be term date variations between schools.
Term Dates 2024 / 2025 (including LA PD Days only)
Term Dates 2023 / 2024
Local Authority (LA) PD Days 2023 / 2024
Monday 04th September 2023
Friday 27th October 2023
Wednesday 03rd January 2024
School PD Days 2023 / 2024
Wednesday 20th December 2023
Monday 03rd June, 2024
School PD Days
Tuesday 6th September 2022
Friday 16th December 2022.
LA (Local Authority) PD Days
Monday 5th September 2022
Friday 21st October 2022
Tuesday 3rd January 2023.