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We receive a number of requests from parents and carers asking for permission to take their child out of college for a family holiday during term time. Due to changes in legislation we are unable to authorise these absences.
In the past, we have had discretion on whether we authorised or unauthorised holidays in term time. Government guidelines prevent schools from authorising any leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’. The government has stated that taking a holiday in term time (because it is cheaper) is not an exceptional circumstance and this is why we have had little choice but to unauthorise these holidays.
We fully understand that there are times when parents and carers feel it is appropriate to take their child out of school (for a number of valid reasons) and we have and always will treat each case of absence in a personalised and individual way.
Unauthorised absence is recorded in the register and we have a legal duty to advise the attendance improvement officer and the local authority when there are concerns over a child’s attendance (this includes unauthorised absence).
We realise that the vast majority of our parents and carers do not choose to take holidays in term time as they recognise the significant impact absence can have on future academic progress and achievement. We work with our students so that they can fully understand the importance of being in school and being in lessons. We fully support the national drive to improve attendance and to reduce the number of school days missed due to holidays. We hope that you will continue to support us by not planning a family holiday in term time.
For more information on the government guidelines please click on the link below: