You are strongly urged to avoid booking a family holiday
during term time.
You do not have the right to take your child out of
school for a holiday, but schools may choose to grant leave of
absence of up to two weeks in any school year to enable a child to
go on a family holiday.
In deciding whether to authorise leave for a family holiday,
schools will consider each case individually and will look at the
child's overall record of attendance. In most situations, schools
will not authorise holidays if they fall around exam or test times
or if they coincide with the start of the school year.
Occasionally, holidays of more than two weeks to visit family
living overseas may be unavoidable. Parents should discuss with the
school the most appropriate time of the year and point in the
child's education for this visit to take place. This will help
minimise disruption to the child's progress at school.