Holidays in Term Time
Cardinal Heenan regularly reviews attendance and during the last academic year approximately 550 days were lost in our school because of family holidays.
Our whole school target for attendance is 95%. Whilst this is an aspirational target, we ask all our students to aim for this. As long as your child does not miss more than nine school days over the academic year, he should achieve this target.
Missing school has a negative impact on your child's progress. If your son's attendance falls to 85% or under, he is classed as being persistently absent from school, (this is a measure put in place by the Department for Education and the Local Authority).
The Department for Education has recently announced important changes to legislation surrounding school holidays in term time. From September 2013, the new law gives no entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. If a child is taken out of school without permission, the absence will be marked as 'unauthorised' and could possibly result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued. From September 2013 these Notices cost £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days, and £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days.
Further information can also be obtained from the letters section of this website or via www.dfe.gov.uk
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