As a school, we recognise that some parents/carers may ask for term-time leave for their child. However, it is important that parents/carers carefully consider the implications of taking their child out of school during term time.
Research suggests that children who are taken out of school may never catch up on the work that they have missed. Children who struggle with literacy or maths find it even harder to cope when they return to school and children may find it difficult to renew friendships with their classmates. There are times during the school year when a child may experience particular problems because of term time leave, such as:-
- During the first year at a new school
- At the beginning of a new school term – particularly in September
- Closeness to exams or tests
The law does not say that parents have an automatic right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time:
Guidance for maintained schools, academies, independent schools and local authorities November 2016
Can a parent take their child on holiday during term time? 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 purpose of a family holiday as a norm.
However, in exceptional circumstances school may authorise, in advance, requests for periods of leave. This is the reason why we consider every request for term-time absence on a case by case basis. If you are considering taking your child out of school, please send a written request to your child’s Head of Year at least two weeks before the absence is due to start. Please include details of the exceptional circumstances and the educational value of your proposed trip.