Term Time Leave

Holidays in term time

You have to get permission from the head teacher if you want to take your child out of school during term time.

You can only do this if:

  • you make an application to the head teacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)
  • there are exceptional circumstances

It’s up to the head teacher how many days your child can be away from school if leave is granted.

Parents do not have a legal right to take their children out of school in order to go on holiday.

Schools can authorise absence for a family holiday if:

  • there are exceptional circumstances
  • the request is made in advance by the parent with whom the child normally lives

If you take your child out of school for a family holiday without the school’s prior authorisation, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and noted in your child’s school records.

Please see attached document:   Request for absence procedural document


For further information please visit Central Beds Website:  http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/school/pupil-support/attendance/holidays-term-time.aspx

Houghton Regis Primary