Yes, of course they can, CD - they will chain her to her dedk the day before you go and hide the key...
No, all they can do is say it is unauthorised & it will then appear on her report as 'unauthorised absences: 4' (because most schools count morning and afternoon registration separately)
A lot of schools are now clamping down on authorised non-medical absences - at the school I work at we were told (unofficially) that this is the next thing OFSTED are going to be making a fuss about - don't know if that's actually true.
I'd do it. I am arleady planning to take ds out for a couple of days next summer (dp at a conference and we will join him...). DS's school would like a form completed and thats about it....Friends are taking their son out for at least a week at Xmas (off to thailand...)
Thanks that's great They do get shitty about it but honestly I think it will be more educational for her to be slobbingonthebeach visting rainforests and waterfalls and experiencing other cultures than being at school the 2 days before half term
Tobago Same place we have been 4x They have changed the flights now to go on Thursdays not Saturdays But I managed to find some that in a round about way went on the Thurs and back on the Sun (they have inset day on the mon) so the thought of 10 nights vs 7 was too tempting
Frankly at this age I can't really see what the problem is - especially as they
a) usually finish early on the last day of school b) seem only to watch DVDs/play games for the last couple of days
We have done it and I have always been surprised by the reaction from the school - one school wanted a very detailed form completed, asking for permission, for one day off, the other school accepted our request straight away, over the phone, on the basis that DS1 was a model pupil and had good attendance!
There's always the 'off sick' option, of course ....
not least of the ability to book stuff and then just have it there to look forward to. rather than have vague conversations about things that sound nice but never concrete anything... gotta work on that
id do it; take them out i mean. its my dp who gets all funny about it. baffles me tbh theyre only now going into y1, reception and nursery class. what can they possibly miss that would hold them back in some way?? <rolls eyes>