Dear parents / carers
Can we please remind all parents and carers that children should not be taken out of school during term time for holidays. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that children of compulsory school age attend school to receive a full time education.
Current government legislation makes it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. A family holiday does not constitute exceptional circumstances. It is therefore very unlikely that a request for leave of absence during term time will be granted. A legal penalty notice may also be issued by the Local Authority for unauthorised leave of absence during term time.
We hope that you understand that this does not mean that we do not appreciate the need for families to spend time together, especially after COVID has made that so difficult for so many families. However, we must adhere to government guidance for schools which emphasises the need for children to attend school.