Unauthorised Holidays

The legal position on ‘regular attendance’ has finally been clarified (i.e. pupils should attend school on each day they required to do so).

Unless there are exceptional circumstances, a term time holiday is contrary to s.444(1) of the Education Act 1996 and an FPN can be issued accordingly.

Any applications for leave of absence must be in exceptional circumstances only, and the Head Teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.

Examples of exceptional circumstance are:

  • Parent in the armed forces returned home from active duty for a limited period.

  • To allow family time prior to and following the death of a very close relative.

  • Life threatening and life limiting illness of child or sibling

  • Visit abroad prior to family moving there.

As a school, we fully appreciate the financial difficulties that some parents face when booking holidays, particularly during school holidays. However, there is an expectation that all schools in Cheshire West and Chester introduce firm policies and stringent checks to ensure that there is a significant reduction in the number of absences during term time.

All parents intending to remove their child from school for a leave of absence are required to complete a written request form in advance for the Head Teacher to consider whether or not the circumstances are exceptional (forms are available from the school office).


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