Dear Parents / Carers
We want the very best for all of our students and central to this is good attendance and punctuality to school.
As a Family of Schools, we take this very seriously as time off school means missed learning time. Days off school soon add up and missing lessons makes it hard to catch up, resulting in students having to work harder when they come back and missing vital information that will slow their progress. There are 175 non-school days a year for holidays, cultural experiences and family time therefore please do not take holidays during term time.
The Churchill Family of Schools have agreed to the attached statement on term time holidays. Please take the time to read this document and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact school.
Thank you for your support on these matters. We look forward to working with you so that your child receives the best education possible.
Position statement on Term Time Holidays
School attendance is central to raising standards in education and ensuring all children can
fulfil their potential and we expect all children on roll to attend every day, when the school is
in session, as long as they are fit and healthy enough to do so. Under section 7 of the
Education Act 1996, parents are responsible for making sure that their children of
compulsory school age receive a full-time education.
All children of statutory school-age who are registered at a school must, by law, attend that
school regularly. Any absence from school can seriously disrupt a pupil’s continuity of
learning and have a detrimental effect on their future progress. Regularly taking time off
school for family holidays and events can have a significant impact on a child’s
achievement. The law requires that all schools have an attendance register that records
which pupils are present at the start of both the morning and afternoon sessions of the school
day. This register will also indicate whether an absence was ‘authorised’ or ‘unauthorised’.
National codes enable the school to record and monitor attendance and absence in a
consistent way that complies with regulations.
An absence is classified as unauthorised when a child is away from school without the
permission of both the school and a parent. Therefore the absence is unauthorised if a child
is away from school without good reason, even with the support of a parent.
Department of Education Attendance Regulations, from September 2013, dictated that
Headteachers should only authorise leave of absence in exceptional circumstances. If a
Headteacher grants a leave request, it will be for the Headteacher to determine the length of
time that the child can be away from school. Leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the
purposes of a family holiday. While Leave of Absence may be granted during term time, it is
entirely at the Head teacher’s discretion and it is not a parental right.
If a parent removes their child from school without requesting a leave of absence or without
authorisation from the Headteacher, the parent will be informed in writing that a referral is
being made to the Local Authority requesting a Penalty Notice be issued.
A Penalty Notice is a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt, rising to £120 if thenotice is paid after 21 days but within 28 days.
If 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. Where there is more than one child, each parent may be issued with a Penalty Notice in respect of each child.