Guidance for Parents and Carers
Exceptional Leave (Holiday) During Term Time
Amendments to the Education Regulations (2013) make it clear that schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday or other leave during term time. A leave of absence can only be granted in exceptional circumstances applied for prior to the absence. If a parent or carer is planning to take a child out of school during term time, a leave of absence form must be completed prior to the absence.
These are available here or are available for students to collect from their year office. These should be completed and returned to the Year office.
If your application to school does not meet criteria in our policy for exceptional leave this will be marked on the register as an unauthorised absence.
If the absence is below 5 days, it is unlikely to progress to a fine, but we are obliged to inform parents and carers that a further unauthorised absence resulting in 10 sessions (5 days) or more within a 12 week period will risk a Penalty Notice.
In this instance we will request Leeds City Council to issue a Penalty Notice(s) on our behalf. This will be £60 per parent per child, once the penalty notice is issued, parents/careers will have 21 days in which to pay the fine. Failing to pay in that time period, means the fine will double and then have a further seven days in which to pay, taking the total time in which to make payment to 28 days. If a parent/carer fails to make payment after 28 days then Leeds City Council has the power to prosecute at a magistrate’s court for the offence of failing to ensure their child attends school regularly. A guilty verdict at court can lead to a fine of up to £1000, and a criminal record which can affect employment opportunities. This process is in line with current government legislation and Leeds City Council Code of Conduct.
More information about the fining process is available here