Taking Holidays in Term Time

Department for Education (DfE) guidance with regard to removal of children from school during term time has recently been updated with effect from September 2013. Previously schools were allowed to authorise up to 10 days holiday during term time. The DfE now states that:

“Headteachers have the discretion to grant leave, but they should only do so in exceptional circumstances. If a Headteacher grants a leave request, it will be for them to determine the length of time that the child can be away from school. This leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the purposes of a family holiday. Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.“

Please contact the school if you require any more information.