Holidays in term time

Schools are only able to authorise any absence from school in exceptional circumstances.

Please read the following documents which give some key information about attendance and unauthorised absence:

Attendance and Punctuality

Code of Conduct Letter to Parents and Carers 2015-02-20

Attendance Triangle

To make a request for an authorised absence from school, please download and complete a Request absence form You will need to explain why the circumstances are exceptional.

Children have 13 weeks annual holiday from school and school holiday dates are published well in advance online. As such, all parents/carers are expected to plan and take their family holidays at this time so as not to disrupt their children’s education. The law states that parents do not have a right to take their child out of school for a holiday during term time. Only in exceptional circumstances may a headteacher grant permission for leave and it is the headteachers decision how many days to approve.

Parents/carers who take their child out of school without written permission from the school can be issued with a fixed penalty fine.

See further details on HCC website