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Holidays and Absence


From 1st September 2013, the law has changed relating to school attendance. The school will NOT authorise any holiday requests for any child UNLESS the Headteacher and Chair of Governors consider that there are exceptional circumstances. School holiday forms will be available in the Office and must be filled out, at the request of our Education Welfare Officer.

The law has also changed regarding Penalty Notices - the period in which they should be paid is shortening. If you wish to take your child on holiday during school time, you will be issued with a penalty notice of £60 per parent, per child if paid within 21 days of receipt. If not paid within 21 days it will then double to £120 per parent, per child if paid within 28 days.

Please be aware that the local authority can issue the penalty if the school obtains evidence that an unauthorised holiday has been taken.


Please note:

  • Any absence has to be covered by a letter or phone call on the first day.
  • Appropriate evidence must be shown to the school office if your child is ill - even for one day. If you fail to provide this, your child's absence will be marked as unauthorised. The evidence could be one of the following: a prescription, child's medication, doctor's appointment letter or proof of attendance to doctor's surgery.


Any religious festivals inside of school term times will be supported by permitting 1 day authorised absence. Any additional days will be unauthorised.