School terms and holidays
Download the Whitworth Community High School Term and Holiday Dates Documents
The law says that parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for holidays during term time.
Unauthorised absence of a school-aged child is a criminal offence for any adult with parental responsibility (Section 4 of the 1996 Education Act). Parents can risk going before the Magistrates Court and the result could lead to a large fine and/or one of a range of Orders available at the Court.
The Local Authority policy is that schools may issue a fixed penalty notice for unauthorised absences.
The school will only authorise term time absence for exceptional circumstances.
If Whitworth Community High School refuses your request for holiday absence and your child is still taken out of school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and noted on your child’s records.
Request for term-time holiday in exceptional circumstances
We know it is often expensive to take a holiday during school breaks and that is why some parents may ask for term time leave for their child.
Please consider carefully the implications of taking your child out of school during term time:
- They may never catch up on course work missed
- It might affect test results at KS3 and GCSE
- Children who struggle may find it even harder to cope when they return to school.
- A 2 week holiday means a loss of 5% of learning time – this can seriously affect attainment and achievement.