Many of you will be aware of important changes to legislation announced by the DfE with regard to holidays in term time. Previously Headteachers in England were able to grant up to 10 days leave a year for family holidays in “special circumstances”. Headteachers are now no longer able to grant any absence in term time except under “exceptional circumstances”. This is unlikely, however, to be granted for the purpose of a family holiday.
Governors at our school have recently also agreed that where it is deemed to be exceptional circumstances, permission will not be granted:
• If the student has an attendance level that falls below 96%.
• If the student is due to take any SATs or Phonic Screening during this period.
Requests for leave of absence must also be made to the school in advance. DfE regulations do not allow any absences to be authorised after they have been taken.
DfE have also stated that parents can be fined by the local authority for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school. Further information about this can be found at http://www.dfe.gov.uk
We appreciate the challenges that some parents face when booking holidays, particularly during the school holidays. However, nationally five million school days were missed during the academic year 2011/12 because of family holidays in term time, which is 10.1% of overall absences in school. This high level has led to the government to make this important change to legislation.
This informantion is to be provided from all schools in Aston, and Rotherham as a whole, to all parents and carers.
School opens on Wednesday 1 September 2021
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Friday 22 October 2021
Friday 24 June 2022