Schools are no longer able to authorise absences for family holiday taken during term time, unless there are ‘exceptional’ circumstances. This is due to amendments that were made by the Government (Department for Education) and came into force on 1st September 2013.
The amendments make it clear that head teachers are no longer allowed to authorise holidays or grant any leave of absence during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. If a child is absent from school for a family holiday, it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence.
If you feel that you have an exceptional reason for taking your child/children out of school during term time please ensure that you request permission in writing and complete a ‘Request for Exceptional Leave’ form, prior to making any arrangements or bookings.
For further information about holidays in term time, please refer to the Holidays in Term Time - Exceptional Leave of Absence Leaflet.
Holidays in Term Time - Exceptional Leave of Absence Leaflet
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