great. thanks! I did ask the Headmaster before we broke up about the 'implications' of unauthorised leave - he didn't mention a fine! It's good to know if wouldn't be per parent per day! However, I wonder if Wandsworth are stricter than other local authorities.......??
testbunny - if your child's attendance is otherwise good then you'll probably be OK but it does depend on your local authority/school policy. Some schools will issue a penalty warning notice covering the period of holiday which means you could be liable for a fine. Usually the fine is £60 per parent per period of leave (not per day for 5 consecutive days).
ds isn't of compulsory school age so the law doesn't apply to him.