As you are aware, excellent attendance is very important to us at Newquay Tretherras and research shows that children that have attendance that is 97% and above are high achievers in school.
Absences during term time can only be authorised if they are taken due to exceptional circumstances. Holidays that have been booked before 1st September 2013 will be honoured, providing you can show evidence they were booked in advance of this date. Any holiday request that comes into the school from 28th September 2013 will therefore not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances and you will only be able to make a formal holiday request by submitting a letter addressed to the headteacher explaining your exceptional circumstances.
Every case will be considered individually and there is no set criteria defining ‘exceptional circumstances’. The law dictates that each child’s current attendance figure and educational level will be considered in each case.
The law now says that if you do take unauthorised holiday it may result in a fixed penalty notice being issued. This fine will be £60 but would increase to £120 if not paid within 21 days. There is a possibility that further prosecution could result. The Local Authority is currently considering how this will be administered.
Full guidance can be found at the Department of Education website link