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Frequently asked questions

Is it ok to take my child out of school during term time for a family holiday?

No. Children should only be absent from school for unavoidable and exceptional circumstances, such as illness.

But my child has never missed a day, even for illness. Can’t you make an exception?

No. In the past, head teachers had the discretion to authorise holidays for children with satisfactory attendance records. However, this discretion has been removed by new government regulations.

So, what should I do if I need to take my child out of school?

All absences need to be authorised by the head teacher. As previously stated, children should only be absent from school for unavoidable and exceptional circumstances. Parents can file a request with the school using the appropriate form (link), explaining the reason for the proposed absence. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but holiday requests will be refused.

What happens if I take my child out of school without the absence being authorised?

The Local Authority will be notified of the unauthorised absence and a penalty notice of £120 per parent per child may be issued. In addition, children that have been taken out of school during term time will be unable to take part in the school’s annual Celebration Day, at which we celebrate pupils who have achieved 100% attendance.


If a  child is unfit for school, parents should contact the school  in person or by telephone by 10.00. When the child returns, he or she must bring a written note, signed by a parent, for each period of absence. Absences will not be authorised without this procedure. 


Children must attend on time to be given a mark for a session. Parents are expected to ensure that children are present at registration. Arriving more than thirty minutes after the start of the session without good reason is counted as unauthorised absence. Students need to arrive before 9.20 am and 1.45 pm after which the register will be closed. Parents will be notified if there is a recurring pattern of lates.

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