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Inspection and Advisory Service (HIAS)

Family holidays/school holidays

Children have 13 weeks annual holiday from school and school holiday dates are published well in advance online. As such, all parents/carers are expected to plan and take their family holidays at this time so as not to disrupt their children’s education. The law states that parents do not have a right to take their child out of school for a holiday during term time. Only in exceptional circumstances may a headteacher grant permission for leave and it is the headteachers decision how many days to approve.

Parents/carers who take their child out of school without written permission from the school can be issued with a fixed penalty fine.

See the Department for Education for more information