Holiday Entitlement During Term Time

Holiday Entitlement During Term Time

17th July 2013

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: Department of Education Legislation Changes

The Department for Education (Dfe) has announced important amendments to legislation surrounding holidays in term time.

From 1st September 2013, the new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday in term time.  Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the Head Teacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave.  Any leave that is taken, which has not been granted, will be followed up by the Educational Welfare Officer and may result in a fine.

In the academic year 2011 to 2012, 9.7% of all absences in England were due to parents taking their children out of school during term time.  This high level of absence had led the Department of Education to make this important decision.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your full support in this matter by not taking your child out of school during term time.

Please note that all students will be monitored in respect of the number of absences per term which will include all non-urgent medical appointment.  Should your child incur more than three absences in any one term this may result in a family welfare meeting.

It is intended that the new legislation will bring about increased attendance and improving standards in all schools.

Further information can be obtained from www.dfe.gov.uk.