Holidays in term time

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Time lost by students due to family holidays taken in term time can be disruptive to their education. We advise that wherever possible, absence from school should be avoided as it can have a serious effect on your child’s progress, and can create difficulties for them on their return to school.

The school is required to refuse requests for holiday absence in term time. The school is only allowed to grant a leave of absence in exceptional circumstances. If you believe that your circumstances are exceptional, you can make a request to the school. In considering a request, the school will take into account your child’s age, the time of year of the absence, and the nature of the absence. The school will also consider your child’s stage of education and progress and your child’s overall attendance record. Case law identifies that any holiday or event which can be arranged during school holiday periods, should not be authorised during the school term.

If you take your child/children on an unauthorised holiday in term time you could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. The amount of the fine is £60 per parent, per child, if paid within 21 days and £120 per parent, per child, if paid between 21 and 28 days. Where a leave of absence during term time is agreed to be exceptional, it is vital that it does not coincide with examinations or other important tests that your child has to take. The school will not authorise leave of absence where your child will miss a public examination.

Please can I ask that you continue to work in partnership with the school by supporting us in this matter.

If you have any questions regarding attendance matters, please contact your child’s Tutor or our new Attendance Officer Jessica Gamain jgamain@PatchamHigh.org.uk.

Kind regards
John McKee
Headteacher


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