Although there are 14 weeks of school holidays each year, far too many students are missing school because they are being taken on family holidays in term-time. Any loss of learning is bound to have an effect on their eventual overall success. In Years 10 & 11 any time lost will almost certainly have an impact on their ability to achieve their best at GCSE.
It is important that you realise that holiday absence is classified in exactly the same way as any other absence and for every five days missed your child’s overall attendance percentage will reduce by 2.5%. Reports on attendance are the most requested piece of information from prospective employers and training institutions when references are requested.
The Local Governing Body have agreed that the school will not authorise any absences for family holidays unless there are extreme, personal circumstances. Whilst we recognise the enormous financial pressures associated with family holidays, we have no option but to put your daughter’s/son’s education and life-chances first. The vast majority of our parents already fully support this principle and I hope you understand that our motives are in the best interests of your child.
Under new guidelines issued, if your child has 5 or more days off due to holidays you may receive a fixed penalty notice from the Education Social Welfare Service.