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Qabroad Thu 07-Nov-13 10:22:04

My children live in UK & I live and work abroad. This year the children go back to school on Thursday 2nd January after Xmas and I was hoping they could come and see me from Saturday 28th December till Saturday 4th January, which is the only realistic time when travel arrangements can be made.

I asked the school for permission for the children to take 2 days off for this, and asked their Mother if this was OK.

Firstly their Mother said they couldn't, which didn't come as a great surprise (not because of school though).

Next I get an email from school saying my request for a 'family holiday' had been refused.

Seems absolutely ridiculous to me. Surely it's hardly unreasonable for kids to see their Dad at that time of year. Sad:

theoriginalandbestrookie Thu 07-Nov-13 20:14:41

It's a real shame that they go back to school so early.

Normally I don't agree with term time holidays, but think that a little common sense should surely be applied i.e. 1-2 days at the start or end of term are not the end of the world, but if you can't get their DM to agree to it, you are fighting a losing battle.

Mylovelyboy Thu 07-Nov-13 20:24:29

Fairenuff - your right

NewNameforNewTerm Thu 07-Nov-13 20:29:09

If the mother doesn't want them to miss school and the father does it puts the school in a really difficult position. Regardless of the regulations it leaves school piggy in the middle between two disagreeing parents. Not surprising they've shown no flexibility.

Mim78 Thu 07-Nov-13 20:36:03

Where had the OP gone? Not much point everyone trying to answer his question when he's not taking part in the thread!

Mylovelyboy Thu 07-Nov-13 20:39:00

Yeah where are you Op. Mind you if he lives abroad might be different time zone. NewNameforNewterm - You prob right on that one. Come on OP we want your views. Sick of typing to myself.

notthefirstagainstthewall Thu 07-Nov-13 21:05:18

Actually this is probably "an exceptional circumstance". Wouldn't most heads allow children to visit parents if they live abroad - it's is a circumstance rather than a holiday?
If their mother isn't keen though then it doesn't matter anyway though.

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