Children must get an education between the school term after their 5th birthday and the last Friday in June in the school year they turn 16.

You can only allow your child to miss school if either:

  • He or she is too ill to be in school


  • Advance permission has been given by the school

There is extra support available if your child can’t go to school for long periods because of a health problem.

Holidays in term time

You have to get permission from the headteacher 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 headteacher in advance (as a parent the child normally lives with)


  • there are exceptional circumstances


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

Further background information on the School’s attendance policy can be found in the government’s own publications concerning the matter. Attendance Guidance for Schools School Absence Overview for Parents