Term Time Holidays
Should you decide to take your child on holiday during school term-time, you must complete the form at the bottom of this page and return to the School Office at least 2 weeks before the first day of leave.
You will receive a letter from school acknowledging your child's absence once the notification has been processed.
Please see below, information from Anne Gadsden at Cheshire East LA regarding the decision by the Department of Education to not allow any holidays during term-time and for all absence to be recorded as unauthorised unless exvceptional circumstances are provided.
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced important amendments to legislation surrounding holidays in term time.
From the 1st September 2013, the new legislation does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave of absence must be in exceptional circumstances and the Head Teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave of absence. Parents can be fined by the Local Authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.
The Council is reviewing its practice with regards to the issuing of Penalty Notices for term time holiday absence as a matter of priority and is seeking urgent guidance from the DfE.
As a Local Authority, we fully appreciate the financial difficulties that some parents face when booking holidays, particularly during school holidays however, we are expecting that all schools in the borough introduce firm policies and stringent checks to ensure that there is a significant reduction in the number of absences being authorised by schools during term time. The Local Authority will be monitoring all school absences during term time and challenging those schools and parents that do not adhere to the new legislation.
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Local Authority and your child’s school to thank you for your full support in this matter by not taking your child out of school during term time.
This new legislation will bring about increased attendance and improve standards in the borough’s schools.
Children, Families & Adults Services