School Term Dates 2018-19
Please see the Walsall Council website for term dates -
Information on taking holidays/time off during term time
Parents/Carers wishing to take their child out of school during term time should put their request in writing giving reasons why the holiday could not be taken during the school holidays. They will then receive a slip stating whether the absence has been authorised. Please note the information below from the school attendance policy. A copy of the policy can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Term Time holiday
Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendments) Regulations 2013. These amendments come into force on 1st September, 2013.
Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
Long Term Authorised Absence
When authorised absence is for an extended or repetitive period (which can only be due to medical reasons), the school will contact support services so that arrangements can be made for the child to receive tuition outside of school.
The school will contact the parent or guardian of any child who has repeated absences. If the situation does not improve the Educational Welfare Officer is informed. This is recorded in accordance with Ofsted requirements and monitored by the Educational Welfare Officer on a regular basis to follow up any attendance issues. Persistent absences by children means that the school can fall into a targeted group which is then monitored by Walsall Children’s Services.
Fixed Penalty Notice From Walsall Authority
If leave is taken without authorisation; it will be recorded in the school attendance register as unauthorised. Subsequently school will refer to the Educational Welfare Service which could result in a court appearance and a fixed penalty notice (fine). This equates to £60 per parent, per period of absence over 4 days, per child, payable within 21 days. Should the penalty not be paid within 21 days, it will increase to £120. Should this not be paid within 28 days, you may be prosecuted by the local authority, in accordance with section 444 of the 1996 Education Act, for failing to secure your child’s regular attendance at school.