A parent has to ask for permission from the Headteacher to take a child out of school during term time. This request is made by competing a ‘Request for Leave of Absence in Term Time in Exceptional Circumstances’ form, which is available from the school office.
The Headteacher can only authorise any absence if an application has been made in advance by the parent/carer with who, the child is normally resident and if it is felt to be for an exceptional circumstance. An annual family holiday would not be deemed to be an exceptional circumstance.
If this request has not been authorised, details will be passed to Shropshire Council’s Education Access Service. The council may, in the following circumstances, issue a formal warning, serve a Fixed Penalty Notice or take court action in respect of non-school attendance for this and any future absence.
- Parents have not sought permission from the head teacher before taking their child out of school for a holiday in term time.
- The head teacher has refused the request but the absence occurs anyway.
- A child has not returned by the agreed date with no satisfactory explanation.
2020-2021 term dates and holidays
Starts: 2 September 2020
Half term: 26 October 2020 – 30 October 2020
Ends: 18 December 2020
PD days / bank holidays: Tuesday 1 September (PD), Friday 23 October (PD)
Starts: 5 January 2021
Half term: 15 February 2021 – 19 February 2021
Ends: 1 April 2021
PD days / bank holidays: Monday 4 January (PD)
Starts: 19 April 2021
Half term: 31 May 2021 – 4 June 2021
Ends: 21 July 2021
PD days / bank holidays: Monday 3 May (bank holiday), Monday 7 June
Shropshire Council Term Time and Holiday Dates (opens in a new tab)