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Holidays in Term Time
In November 2011 Governors reviewed their policy on the authorisation of holiday absence during term time. While being sympathetic towards parents with little option, they had to consider the following:
- Government research shows that poor attendance has a negative impact on pupil’s social and academic attainment. If you require further information or examples, please do not hesitate to contact our Family Mentor, Ms Coulthurst or the Local Authority Education Welfare Office.
- A requirement from Central Government that all schools must reduce their Persistent Absence levels (which includes both authorised and unauthorised) to below 5% by 2010.
- The need for a consistent policy across the whole pyramid (all feeder schools now have a ‘no authorisation’ policy).
On the recommendation of the Education Welfare Service and Headteacher, Governors have decided to discontinue authorising holidays during term time. This decision now brings the school in line with all schools in the locality and underlines the absolute importance of education in creating life chances for all pupils.
Copy of letter issued to parents 1st November 2011
As previously stated we do not authorise term time holidays unless it is an exceptional circumstance and this is the same with all Castleford schools. The school dates are published each year in advance and we strongly advise parents/carers to book family holidays during school holidays. We would like to make you aware that from January 2012 the Local Authority will rigorously issue a fixed penalty notice for such an absence which results in a fine of £60 per parent per child. If the fine is not paid within 28 days it will increase to £120 per parent per child.
For more information, see the LA's Parental Prosecutions Leaflet