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From the 1st September 2013, changes to legislation means that parents are not entitled to take their child on holiday during term time. Any application for leave must only be in exceptional circumstances and the Headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances are exceptional and warrant the granting of leave.
Parents can be fined by the Local Authority for their child on holiday during term time without consent from school. Penalty notices are £60 if paid within 21 days rising to £120 if paid within 28 days. Failure to make the payment will result in the Local Authority taking legal action for failure to ensure regular attendance at school under Sec 444(1) Education Act 1996.
Please click here for updated information regarding Penalty Notices for non-school attendance.
If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason other than illness or a medical appointment please complete a Notification of Absence form which will be passed to the Headteacher to review (these forms are also available from the office). The Headteacher is not expected to class any term time holiday as authorised absence but will consider each notification on an individual basis.
The Headteacher and Governing Body of St John’s Primary School ask that no absence is taken during September due to children settling into their new classes and also during May due to assessments and SAT’s.