New laws have come into effect from 1st September 2013 with regards to holidays in term time. Schools will no longer be able to authorise any holiday requests during term time unless they fall into the “Exceptional Circumstances” category. Any holiday that is unauthorised by the school but still taken should be referred to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council who will issue a penalty notice: Penalty notices are fines of £60/£120 imposed on parents.
Pupils’ absence during term time can seriously disrupt their continuity of learning. Not only do they miss the teaching provided on the days they are away, they are also less prepared for the subsequent lessons after their return. There is a possible risk of under-achievement which we all must seek to avoid.
We are fully aware of the financial constraints of a family holiday as well as appreciating the value a family holiday can have to a child, therefore we would still like to work with our families as much as possible with regards to holidays in term time, rewarding the children for their good attendance.
If you would still like to make a request for leave of absence a form can either be downloaded from our website or are available from the main school office.