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To consider a term time holiday of non-educational value to Centerparcs?

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Ismeyes Sat 25-Jun-11 22:38:19

Well am I?

I'm not paying twiceprice for a school holiday time, so what are my chances of going to hell on a 1-10 if I just took DD out of school?

Thinking11 Sat 25-Jun-11 22:43:53

As long as its not the first week back in a new class or during SATS and you dont make a regular thing out of it there is no harm. Your head can authorise 2 weeks holiday absence each year.

I just wish I could take holidays out of school holidays, sadly teachers alwasy have to pay top whack.

worraliberty Sat 25-Jun-11 22:45:01

That would depend on your Head Teacher and the school policy.

I must admit it's refreshing to see someone admitting it's of non educational value rather than making bullshit excuses like "Oh but it's going to improve their broader view of life no end!" grin

BurningBridges Sat 25-Jun-11 22:46:26

Interested to see what response you get on this Ismeyes - I want to take children to USA missing a week of school next year, not sure when obviously will avoid crucial times, but our school has an arrangement with the LEA to impose fines - I think its around £200 per family - for holidays during term time. And I'm a governor. Hmm confused

Thinking11 Sat 25-Jun-11 22:47:13

Just take the holiday as a one off. The EWO wont get involved for a matter of a week. Just make sure it doesnt clash with any big school events.

Thinking11 Sat 25-Jun-11 22:48:29

Is this a private school bridges? what rights have a school got to impose fines?

Triphop Sat 25-Jun-11 22:48:36

Go for it. Sounds fun.

sallysquirrel Sat 25-Jun-11 22:51:13

We take our DS out of school to Centre Parks every year and will continue to do so. We love it and family time is very important. We probably will stop when he gets to secondary school.

worraliberty Sat 25-Jun-11 22:51:14

Thinking you're wrong there...and I can say this as an attendance Governor.

If the OP applies to take her child on holiday and is refused, the Head can and most very likely will make sure a fine is issued.

It's not a case of the EWO having to get involved. The process is now very quick and simple to issue the fines.

Off the top of my head (though I could be wrong) it's around £100 per child, rising to around £150 if not paid within 14 days...after that it's court.

Ismeyes Sat 25-Jun-11 22:55:33

I wouldn't do SATs week and she is only just due to go into year 1. So doubtful it will have any longstanding educational impact. I wouldn't plan to book without authorisation, but what would happen if I decided to home-ed rather than pay a fine, because I'm not exactly against home education. Then the £100 and court could kiss me centreparcs tanned (or not) bum, yes?

BurningBridges Sat 25-Jun-11 22:56:23

I haven't spent much time looking into it but apparently in our area the local authority issue fines at the headteacher's discretion, this must be some sort of statutory notice as its enforceable in law - bit like a parking ticket. How about the OP - what happens in your area?

worraliberty Sat 25-Jun-11 22:58:52

Yes if you Home Ed, it's not an issue.

The fines are about school attendance

Thinking11 Sat 25-Jun-11 22:59:09

It looks like I stand corrected. Only i've worked in the same primary school for 11 years and we've never had anyone fined for attendance. Families that are repeat offenders have had family involvement with EWO but this too is rare.

Most schools I know of are very understanding of the unfairness of the prices charged by travel companies and work in unison with families to ensure all families can afford to spend quality time away without breaking the bank. We do however disagree with families that have several long weekends, missing several mondays or Fridays. Or those who's children have a week away with mum, a week with day, a week with grandparents and then 2 weeks on a last minute deal.

MeconiumHappens Sat 25-Jun-11 22:59:29

it is of educational value.....if you bore talk about enough tree names and the breeding habit of squirrels and spot some mushrooms etc. Have a great time, i love centreparcs smile

Ismeyes Sat 25-Jun-11 23:01:54

I don't really know what happens in my area, I haven't heard of anyone being fined.

BurningBridges Sat 25-Jun-11 23:02:47

If there's no fine, just do it, I would!

worraliberty Sat 25-Jun-11 23:03:18

I have to say 'our' school is more sympathetic to parents whose employers don't give them an option of taking time off during the school hols.

Simply saying it's cheaper doesn't wash with the Head Teacher, she just tells parents to either take a cheaper holiday, or spend longer saving up.

mrsdonkeybucketVAMOSRAFA Sat 25-Jun-11 23:07:09

Chances of going to hell ? 1 out of 10.

Non-educational ? Suggestions are above, but also what about learning to swim, ride a bike, etc ? Life skills are just as important. smile

There must be loads to do at CP that could be classed as educational ? And if you wanted to be really conscientious, you could always find out what the topic is while you are there and maybe incorporate it in some way ? wink

Nothing would happen if you decide to HE, just make sure she is de-reg. from school. smile

worraliberty Sat 25-Jun-11 23:09:05

Again though (and I'm only trying to think of what the HT may say)

Learning to swim and ride a bike can be done on a weekend. The child doesn't have to miss a week of school to learn those things.

mrsdonkeybucketVAMOSRAFA Sat 25-Jun-11 23:11:30

Yes, of course they can. Child doesn't have to miss a week of school full stop. But OP asked if she would be sent to hell for letting her DD miss school.

Was just trying to offer advice and ideas. smile

HooverTheHamaBeads Sat 25-Jun-11 23:17:49

Have just been to Centerparcs Belgium for the May half term for less than half the cost to holiday at Centerparcs in the UK.

Mon-Fri break in a premium cottage for 400 euro plus the cost of the crossing.

Just a thought - keeps the cost down while still going in the school holidays.

MrsFruitcake Sun 26-Jun-11 06:30:40

I took my child out of school unauthorised a month ago and was told by the school head I'd get a fine, but haven't heard anything yet. Considering it was £800 more expensive to take the same holiday in the first week of the summer break, £100 would be a small price to pay.

DD is 7, and we went 2 weeks after her SATs had finished.

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