Change of Policy from September 1st 2013
As a result of the significant rise nationally of children missing school for family holidays, the government have now amended attendance regulations and these new regulations will come into force from September 1st 2013. The new regulations, which our Governing Body had to accept before half term, make it very clear that schools will no longer be allowed to authorise holidays during term time.
In line with this statutory guidance therefore, I am required to inform you that from September 1st 2013 holidays during term time will not be authorised.
I am also required to inform you that amendments have also been made to regulations regarding the Local Authority issuing Penalty Notices (Fines) to each parent who fails to ensure their child’s regular attendance at school. From September 1st each parent will be required to pay £60 per child if payment is received within 21 days or £120 if paid after 21 days, on each occasion that their child is taken on holiday during term time. This decision is out of our hands and will not be managed by us, but by the Borough. The fines will be issued by the Local Authority, who will receive the money, not the school!
I hope you will appreciate that this change in policy is not a decision made by our Governing Body, but as is the case in all maintained schools, the governors have a statutory duty to ensure that the new policy is implemented from September 2013.
If you have any worries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Val Morris - Headteacher