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Unauthorised Leave of Absence

As from September 2013 the Secretary of State for Education removed a Headteacher’s discretionary powers to authorise a leave of absence (holiday) during term time.

A Headteacher can only authorise a period of leave in exceptional circumstances and any request that does not meet this criteria will be unauthorised. The Education Welfare Service is committed to supporting schools in this matter and will consider issuing a Penalty Notice.

As of 24 April 2017, Penalty Notices can be issued if any of following three conditions applies:

  • A pupil has accrued at least five consecutive days of unauthorised leave of absence (holiday in term time)
  • A pupil has accrued at least 5 days or 10 sessions of unauthorised absence in any 6 week period (longer periods can be considered)
  • A pupil has accrued a level of absence that the governing body deem to be evidence of a failure to attend regularly (any absence of less than 5 days is unlikely to be able to be prosecuted and therefore a Penalty Notice would be unlikely to be issued by the Local Authority

A Penalty Notice is fixed at a fine of £120 which the recipient has 28 days to pay. The amount payable is reduced to £60 is paid within 21 days.  All monies raised are payable to the Local Authority and must be raised through the authorities financial system unless an alternative arrangement has been agreed


Lateness to School

If your child arrives in school after the register is closed (8.40am) they will receive an unauthorised absence




 Holiday Dates 2019/20

Holiday  Close Re-Open


Midsummer   3rd September 2019
Half-Term 23rd October 2019
4th November 2019
Christmas 20th December 2019
6th January 2020
Half Term 14th February 2020
24th February 2020
Easter 3rd April 2020
20th April 2020
VE Day Anniversary
8th May 2020
Half Term 22nd May 2020
1st June 2020
Midsummer 17th July 2020


Training days: 2nd September 2019, 24th October 2019, 25th October 2019, 12th June 2020, 20th July 2020


 Holiday Dates 2020/21

Holiday  Close Re-Open


Midsummer   8th September 2020
Half-Term 22nd October 2020
2nd November 2020
Christmas 18th December 2020
4th January 2021
Half Term 12th February 2021
22nd February 2021
Easter 1st April 2021
19th April 2021
May Day
3rd May 2021
Half Term 28th May 2021
8th June 2021
Midsummer 23rd July 2021


Training days: 7th September 2020, 23rd October 2020, 7th June 2021, 26th July 2021, 27th July 2021