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Term Time Leave

The government have amended the Education Regulations (2006) regarding term time leave. These amendments state that “Head Teachers can no longer authorise term time leave, other than in exceptional circumstances.” The regulations came into force on 1st September 2013 and the changes are with immediate effect.

It should be remembered that this is a Government led directive. However children are required to attend school for 38 weeks each year, leaving 14 weeks to attend family holidays. If you are considering leave within term time, please put the request in writing stating the circumstances as early as possible. It is unlikely that leave for holidays and travel during term time will be authorised as these do not constitute exceptional circumstances.Please be advised evidence will be required for any authorisation given.

Our decision to impose Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) for those taking unauthorised term time leave follows these guidelines. This means that parents who choose to remove their child from school for unauthorised leave will be subject to a FPN. The current cost of which is £60 per child per parent if paid within 21 days. The FPN rises to £120 per child per parent if paid after 21 days but up to the 28th day. If payment is not received during this period, Bromley Education Welfare Service may proceed with legal action.

If you have any queries regarding this, please make an appointment to speak to Mrs Dargavel, Family Worker