Can I take my child out of school for a family holiday?

Should you wish to seek permission for a term-time holiday, please collect, complete and return a request form from the School Office. Please note, term time holidays for whatever reason, are discouraged by the School and will not be authorised by the Headteacher. 

As set down by the Department for Education, Penalty Notices can be issued for unauthorised absence. In Hampshire, Penalty Notices are issued when a pupil has had 10 or more half-day sessions (equivalent to five school days) of unauthorised absence, in any 10 school week period; or one or more unauthorised absences during a public exam, assessment or test (where the dates have been published).
Unauthorised absence is absence not approved by the school and will be coded on your child’s attendance record as one of the following:
  • O – unauthorised absence
  • U – late after close of registration
  • G – non-approved leave of absence (holiday).
Hampshire county Council Attendance Guidelines for Parents/Carers

If you have children at Kings’ school you will be aware that the school sends out attendance letters to parents at the end of each term. These letters have a red/amber/green code and they indicate whether a child’s attendance is cause for celebration or concern. Anything at 95% or above is coded green; between 90% and 94.99% is amber and below 90% is red.

The reason for notifying parents is because of evidence that children’s achievement at school is negatively affected by an attendance rate that’s below 95%.

In line with other primary schools, we are also going to start sending out letters along similar lines three times a year from September 2018. We appreciate that absence can be down to illness or other authorised circumstances, but we feel it is important that you know what your child’s percentage is as the year progresses. It’s surprising how quickly it can drop below 95% and this will be detrimental to your child, especially if it happens year after year.