Holidays should only be taken during school time if absolutely unavoidable. The school may authorise leave for special occasions or holidays if requested in advance but are not obliged to do so. The Head Teacher will take into account the child’s general attendance and the timing of the absence before making a decision. Before booking, parents/carers should try to discuss the timing of holidays with school staff to avoid the child missing important sessions etc. The law states that it is the responsibility of the parent/carer to ensure that a child attends school regularly and on time. Neglect of this responsibility can result in the prosecution of parents/carers, the penalty for which can currently be up to £100 fine for each parent/carer.