From September 2013 all holidays taken in term time will be unauthorised only in exceptional circumstance will a holiday be authorised at the discretion of the Headteacher. Holiday forms are not completed and sent to the Headteacher for approval before the time of absence. Any forms filled in retrospectively will be declined. Parents are urged strongly to avoid taking family holidays during term time. Indeed parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for such a holiday. If, however, parents apply to the school in advance using the appropriate request form the school may grant up to two weeks (10 school days) term-time absence in any academic year to go on a family holiday. Apart from this, leave in term time can only be given in exceptional circumstances.
In considering a request for leave for a family holiday in term time the school will consider each application individually, taking account of:
- The age of the child,
- The time of year proposed for the trip,
- Its nature and parental wishes,
- The overall attendance pattern of the pupil,
- The child’s stage of education and progress.
Holidays will not normally be authorised by the school if:
- The pupils are preparing for or taking important tests. This is most relevant to Y1, Y2 and Y6 pupils who will be preparing for tests from September until June when the tests themselves are administered. No absence will be authorised for pupils during the testing period as the Headteacher is legally bound to ensure that all eligible pupils are entered for the tests on the specified dates.
- Pupils have already been granted 5 days leave of absence in that academic year.
- A pupil has been absent from school for other reasons causing their attendance to be monitored.
All parents are strongly advised to refrain from taking their child/children out of school at the beginning of a new academic year when routines and practices are set up for the year
In exceptional circumstances parents may be granted leave of absence for their child but be requested to ensure that certain work is undertaken by the child during the period of absence.
This policy reflects the policies and practices outlined in ‘Attendance Protocol’ published by Stockton –on-Tees Local Authority.
Christ the King School holidays – ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
School opens Monday 4th September
School closes after school on Friday 20th October
School re-opens Monday 30th October
School closes after school on Friday 22nd December
School re-opens Monday 8th January
School closes after school on Friday 9th February
School re-opens Monday 19th February
School closes after school on Thursday 29th March
School re-opens Monday 16th April
School closes for Bank holiday on Monday 7th May
School closes after school on Friday 25th May
School re-opens Thursday 7th June
School closes after school on Friday 20th July
*Christ the King’s holidays may not be the same as school holidays designated on Stockton Council’s website