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DfE new guidance on holidays in termtime

Requests for absence from school during term time


Until recently, parents have been able to request permission to take their children out of school to accompany them on holiday. From 1st September 2013, it is not possible for me to authorise any holiday requests due to the decision of the Secretary of State to remove this discretionary power.

If you take your child out of school without the permission of the head teacher, it is recorded as an unauthorised absence and could incur a fine of up to �120. You will receive a warning letter from the school, a copy of which is sent to Milton Keynes Council. They will then follow a formal legal process, including requiring you to attend an interview, to determine whether or not to take further action.

Please see the following statement from Milton Keynes Council which explains this change to the regulations.



Term time holidays 

The Secretary of State for Education has removed the discretion of head teachers to grant up to ten days leave in term time for holidays. Henceforth, all holidays will be marked as unauthorised and could be subject to a fine of up to �60 if paid in 21 days or �120 if paid in 28 days. Parents are still allowed to take their children out of school for 'exceptional circumstances' such as weddings, overseas funerals and other family events which are not deemed to be 'holidays' at the discretion of the head teacher. The Milton Keynes Code of Conduct has been updated to reflect the new arrangements and now states that a fine can be incurred if a child is removed from school for ten unauthorised sessions (five days).

Please therefore make sure that you discuss any possible absences of this nature with me BEFORE you make any arrangements, bookings etc. to avoid disappointment and any unnecessary expense.

Jill Norton

Head teacher