It has always been our policy to refuse holidays during term time. This is done to give pupils the best possible opportunities for learning.
In addition, new amendments introduced by the government came into force on 1st September 2013, concerning requests for holiday during term time. The Government has decided that headteachers will no longer be able to authorise family holidays during term time except for limited cases with very exceptional circumstances.
Further information is available at www.education.gov.uk by typing “term time holiday” into the search box.
In view of the changes, a summary of the position on term time holidays, based on government legislation, is below:
The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time.
In exceptional circumstances, an application for leave of absence may be submitted and the Principal must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.
If a holiday request is not authorised by the Principal and parents do take their child on holiday during term time, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and a Fixed Penalty Notice (fine) will be issued.
Student absences which are reported as illness, but are subsequently found to be due to holiday, will also be recorded as unauthorised and a Fixed Penalty Notice (fine) might be issued.
Ormiston Six Villages Academy, together with the Local Authority, believes that attendance is vital. It is because of the link between attendance and attainment that the Government has placed a priority on reducing all forms of absence and has introduced Penalty Notice fines to parents whose children are absent without the education provider's authorisation. Research suggests that low attendance has a detrimental impact on achievement.