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Holidays in term time (penalty notices)

Are you thinking about taking your child out of school for a holiday in term time?

All holidays in term time (now called leave of absence in exceptional circumstances) must be agreed by the head teacher/principal before the holiday is taken.

Parents/carers do not have a right to take their children out of school during term time and may be fined for taking holidays without the school's consent.

A penalty notice (similar to a parking ticket) may be issued where parents/carers fail to ensure regular school attendance.

Penalty notices, when issued, tells the parents/carers to pay a fine of £60 (if paid within 21 days) or £120 if paid within 28 days (from September 2013).

Pay a school absence penalty notice

It is the head teacher's/principal's decision if an absence is to be authorised or not. They may request the Attendance and Prosecution Service to consider issuing a penalty notice for any pupil with irregular school attendance.*

(*Supplements existing sanctions under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 (as amended by Anti Social Behaviour Act 2003 and Section 36 of the Children Act 1989). Parents may be prosecuted for the original offence if the penalty is not paid.)

For more information: Legal Action to Enforce School Attendance (Penalty Notice)

Please see our school term dates page for school holiday dates.

School Absence Prosecutions Policy (March 2021)

Penalty Notice - Code of Conduct (March 2021)
 - Updated with COVID-19 information

The Supreme Court judgment 

Contact us

Please call us on:
0121 569 8147

We are based at: 

Attendance and Prosecution Service
Sandwell Council House
Freeth Street
West Midlands
B69 3DE