School Holiday Dates.
The buttons below link to the holiday dates for the academic years.
In response to the statutory changes by the Department for Education, introduced in April 2013, all Alsager Community Trust schools have had to amend their ‘Attendance Policies’ to reflect the changes in the law. These are particularly applicable to holidays during term time.
A review has been commissioned by the Department for Education to consider the impact of school absence, especially holidays, on a child’s education and achievement. There is a clear link between attendance and achievement.
Following the review, the DfE have changed the regulations allowing schools to only authorise holiday under ‘exceptional circumstances’. The government want to dispel the belief that there is an automatic entitlement to an annual two-week term time holiday.
To illustrate the impact of taking holidays in term time it was noted that if children are taken away for a two-week holiday every year and have the average number of days off for sickness and appointments, then by the time they leave school at sixteen they will have missed a year of school.
If, despite this change in the law, you wish to request holiday leave, you should write a letter addressed to the Headteacher, outlining the exceptional circumstances. We recommend that you do this before booking the holiday. With the achievement of our pupils of paramount importance and the regulations clear we will be extremely unlikely to authorise any holiday leave for pupils next school year.
We need to point out that in an effort to address poor attendance and unauthorised absences, including holidays in term time, the local authority may decide to issue a Fixed Penalty fine and/or prosecute parents under The Education Act 1996 if a holiday is taken during term time.
For your information please find below the letter distributed by Cheshire East Council about School Attendance and Holidays.