Holidays during 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.

Fines and prosecution

You can be fined for taking your child on holiday during term time without the school’s permission.

The penalty is £60, rising to £120 if it isn’t paid within 28 days. If you don’t pay the fine, you may be prosecuted.

You could get a fine of up to £2,500, a community order or a jail sentence up to three months. The court also gives you a Parenting Order.

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