Soham Village College

Term Time Holidays

There has been a change in the law regarding term time holidays.  We are obliged to follow the government guidelines which state that any time taken off during term time will be unauthorised and parents or carers liable to a penalty notice unless exceptional circumstances apply.

Such circumstances might include children taking time to see a family member who is forces personnel on leave from a foreign posting; a parent, grandparent or other close relative being seriously or terminally ill and the holiday proposed is likely to be the last such holiday; or if there has recently been a death or significant other trauma in the family and it is felt that an immediate holiday might help the child concerned better deal with the situation.  If leave is taken without authorisation it will be recorded in the school attendance register as unauthorised absence.  A Penalty Notice, if issued, is per parent per child.  The amount is £60 if paid within 21 days, increasing to £120 if paid after 21 days and before 28 days.  After 28 days the case is forwarded to the Magistrates’ Court.

If you are uncertain as to whether a holiday might be classed as being an exceptional circumstance, then please feel free to contact the school and ask to speak to Mrs Durrant, Attendance Officer.