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Changes to the Authorisation of Term Time Holiday



Dear Parent/Carer


The school has recently received notification of new legislation with regards to children taking holidays in term time.


From 1st September 2013, the reference in law to Head Teachers being able (at their discretion) to agree up to 10 days of leave of absence will be removed.

Instead, the legal reference will be amended and will mean that schools should not authorise leave of absence unless:

There are exceptional circumstances* relating to the application AND

An application has been made in advance by the parent.

*Please note that family holidays do not fall into the category of exceptional circumstances.

Penalty Notices will be issued by Leicester City to parents who take their children out of school during term time.

Penalty Notice

£60 per child, per parent if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice and

£120 if paid within 28 days.

Please be aware that the local authority can issue the penalty if the school obtains evidence that an unauthorised holiday has been taken.

As a result of this change in law the Governors of Wolsey House Primary School will be amending their school policy. From September 2013 no holiday will be authorised unless the Governing Body consider the request to be an exceptional circumstance.

In the rare event that there is an urgent, serious reason to remove a child from school during term time, parents should request a meeting with the Head Teacher and Chair of Governors. At the meeting they will decide whether the reason given is exceptional.

No term time absence will be authorised unless the meeting has been requested and taken place. Please be aware the school can only authorise absence for exceptional circumstances even if a child has accrued 100% attendance.

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