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The rules on taking our kids on holiday during term time in Andover schools

This is a subject that causes the most heated discussion among parents with school aged children, and its mostly during the summer term that we as parents have to decided do we stick to the rules or risk the fine?

What are the rules?

The Hantsweb website tells us;

Children have 13 weeks annual holiday from school and school holiday dates are published well in advance online. As such, all parents/carers are expected wherever possible to plan and take their family holidays at this time so as not to disrupt their children’s education. Education law states that parents do not have a right to take their child out of school for a holiday during term time. Only in exceptional circumstances may a headteacher grant permission for leave; and it is the headteachers decision on whether the absence is exceptional and how many days to approve.

Parents/carers who take their child out of school without the absence being agreed and authorised by written permission from the school can be issued with a penalty fine.

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