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Amendments to School Attendance Regulations
The Government have changed the regulations governing student absence from school with effect from September 2013.
“The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.” (DfE website)
It is important that parents understand that there is now no legal entitlement to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must be only as a result of exceptional circumstances and the headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.
Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.
I fully understand that this change to the law may be difficult for parents but please do not book holidays in term time, even if you consider the circumstances to be exceptional, until you have ascertained whether it has been appropriate to give consent in your case. Wiltshire Council may issue fixed penalty notices resulting in a £60 fine per parent, per student for any unauthorised absence.
T J Gilson