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Holiday Absence Form

If an absence is not authorised by the school, the pupil’s attendance is deemed to be irregular. Under section 444 of the Education Act 1996, if a child of compulsory school age, who is a  registered pupil at a school, fails to attend regularly, his/her parent/carer (s) are guilty of an offence. Please also note that if you have more than one child, each child’s irregular attendance is dealt with as a separate matter.


The Local Authority may take formal action against you for failure to comply with the law. Penalty notices are issued as an alternative to prosecution, but may not be issued if prosecution is considered to be a more appropriate response to the attendance issues.


Therefore your child’s irregular attendance could result in one of the following actions:

  1. A Penalty Notice being issued. Each penalty notice is £60 if paid within the first 21 days, rising to £120 if paid between 22-28 days. Failure to pay will result in prosecution.
  2. Prosecution. This could lead to fines of up to £2500 and/or 3 months imprisonment.

If you do require an application for leave of absence during term time then please email Mrs Cooper -