As part of OCC’s protocol regarding unauthorised term time holidays, action may be taken for Unauthorised Holiday in term time during the academic year when a request for leave, due to exceptional circumstances, is declined.
Under the education-related provisions of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, Local Authorities, schools and the police have a duty to issue penalty fines to parents or carers of children who are absent from school for the purpose of family holidays during term time without authorisation from the Headteacher.
Where a request has not been made and a pupil is absent from school, the school reserves the right to challenge parents/carers and record the absence as unauthorised accordingly. In accordance with the School Attendance Policy, if permission is not given by me for Exceptional Leave the following action may be taken. A referral will be made to the County Attendance Team to investigate the absence further and you may be liable for a penalty notice. This is a fine of £60 per parent/carer for each child absent from school. The issuing of such a notice gives you the opportunity to pay a penalty fine instead of being prosecuted for an offence under Section 444 of the 1996 Education Act.
I would ask that all parents/carers consider any request for leave very carefully and work with us to promote full attendance and access to education.