Holidays in Term Time

We do NOT support holidays been taken in term time. It is disruptive for the school meaning we have to rearrange class groups, results in significant additional administration work and most importantly has a significant impact on the child’s progress. It is a myth that ‘my child will catch up’ and/or ‘it doesn’t matter in primary schools. Our children experience individualised programmes of work each and every day and we can’t reteach work missed.


The Headteacher may only grant leave of absence for exceptional circumstances.

Examples of any exceptional circumstances where leave may be granted during term time are as follows:


  • If a parent is service personnel and is returning from a tour of duty abroad where it is evidenced the individual will not be in receipt of any leave in the near future that coincides with school holidays.

  • Where an absence from school is recommended by a health professional as part of a parent or child’s rehabilitation from a medical or emotional issue. Evidence of this would need to be provided by the GP or consultant.

  • The death or terminal illness of a close relative, only if Headteacher is satisfied that the circumstances are truly exceptional;

  • Out of school programmes such as music, arts or sport operating at a high standard of achievement. Documentary evidence of this event will be required.

  • Religious observance – The Education Act 1996 S444(3) (c), states ‘’on any day exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which his/her parent belongs’’;

  • To attend a wedding or funeral of a close relative if the Headteacher is satisfied that the circumstances are truly exceptional; Leave should only be authorised for this purpose when a Headteacher is satisfied that there is a persuasive reason for holding the wedding during term time and there WILL be an onus on parents to show clear evidence that this absence is absolutely an exceptional circumstance. In difficult family situations the Headteacher may use his/her discretion in granting leave and each case should be addressed on its individual merits, taking into account the overall welfare of the child.

    Examples of circumstances NOT considered as exceptional

  • Holidays abroad for the purpose of visiting a sick relative, excepting where that person is seriously ill. Medical evidence may be requested.

  • Holidays taken in term time due to lower cost/parental work commitments.


    Being in school every day is key to children making expected progress in school.