Before applying to take a holiday in term time please consider the following:
Ongoing low attendance is a factor often linked to low levels of academic success and can have a serious impact on opportunities later in life. Children who are absent from school due to a holiday in term time will miss out on important learning opportunities - educational experiences missed cannot be re-captured later. Your child’s teacher will not be able to go back over everything your child has missed. Due to the need for teacher/pupil input into many of our learning experiences, it is not always feasible to provide you with work to complete during the holiday. As a parent/carer you can demonstrate your commitment to your child's education by, whenever possible, taking your holidays during school holidays. It is important that annual holidays do not contribute to developing poor habits of attendance which are hard to undo later on.
Please note that there is not an automatic right to withdraw pupils from school for a holiday and this form, if it is a request for that purpose, is merely a request for permission. There is a margin of discretion for head teachers to agree to your request and in line with national guidance, your Child(ren)’s absence will be judged on merit and may not be authorised. Please see our school policy on attendance (on our school website). You will be notified of the decision shortly. Should your child accumulate a level of unauthorised absence which brings their attendance below 90% during the year, the Local Authority may (depending on the circumstances) issue a fixed penalty notice or commence formal prosecution for failing to secure regular attendance at school. The full details of the fixed penalty scheme can be found on the City and County of Swansea website
Please note: WG guidance states that schools cannot authorise holidays retrospectively.
If the pupil/s do/does not return by the agreed date they are at risk of losing their school place/s and they may be removed from the school register in accordance with the admission guidance Education (Pupil Registration) (Wales) Regulations 2010 section 4 which states ‘the pupils has ceased to attend the school and no longer resides within a reasonable distance from the school’. Please note that we cannot guarantee that a place will be available for your child in the school of your choice on your return but you will be offered a place at the nearest school with room available in the year group. Failure to return on the agreed date may also prompt welfare concerns; a child who goes missing from education may be considered to be at risk of significant harm. Any such concerns will immediately be referred to the statutory authorities for consideration.
Gendros Primary School is the data controller for the personal information you provide on this form. Your information will be used to ensure that the school maintains accurate and up to date attendance registers as required by law. Any information provided will not be used for any other purpose. We will not share your data with any third parties without your explicit consent unless we are required or permitted to do so by law. Data protection law describes the legal basis for our processing your data as one based on legal obligation as we are required to keep accurate attendance registers. For further information about how the school uses your personal data, including your rights as a data subject, please see our school privacy notice on our website: https://www.gendrosprimary.com/