Holidays in Term Time
As you will be aware, there is a high correlation between good school attendance and good pupil/student achievements. A child or young person who misses two weeks of school each year loses roughly two terms of education during the years of compulsory schooling. Avoiding term-time absences to obtain the best possible attendance is very important if we are to maximise your child’s chances. Maximising attendance at school is a key priority both locally and nationally.
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As usual, parents should plan their holidays within school breaks and avoid seeking permission to take their children out of school during term time. Families should also consider that their child may need to self-isolate following trips overseas that require a period of quarantine5.
Important Information for Parents/Carers
The Education Act (1996) requires parents to ensure their child attends school regularly. There is no automatic right to take your child out of school during term time. The Law does however allow Headteachers to consider individual requests to authorise Leave of Absence in Exceptional Circumstance(s). The Headteacher must be satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances to justify an authorised absence. It is the parent’s responsibility when submitting the request to provide all the information and evidence to prove exceptional circumstances. The request for authorised Leave of Absence must be made at least two weeks in advance and the Headteacher may invite the parent/carer(s) into school to discuss the request before a decision is made the Headteacher authorises the Leave of Absence it is expected that the child’s attendance will be of a satisfactory level both prior and after the date covered by the request. the Headteacher refuses Leave of Absence and the absence is recorded as unauthorised, the Headteacher may refer the matter to the Local Authority requesting that a Penalty Notice be issued. This is the Headteacher's decision. A Penalty Notice is £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt, rising to £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days. the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28 day period the Local Authority may prosecute for the offence to which the notice applies. Each parent/carer may be issued with a Penalty Notice in respect of each child. Research suggests that children who are absent from School may never catch up on the learning they have missed, which may ultimately affect exam and test results. As a parent/carer, you can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not allowing your child to miss school for anything other than an exceptional and unavoidable reason.
As Headteacher of Morpeth All Saints Church of England First School, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our vibrant, caring and happy school. At Morpeth All Saints we strive to enable all children within our care to achieve their very best, fully utilising their God given gifts and talents.Read More of the school welcome page