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In Scotland what are the rules for taking your children out of school for holidays

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singyswife Tue 19-Aug-08 09:42:48

I dont normally agree with this but my dad has offered to take us all to DisneyLand for a week and I really want to go. Where does the law stand on this does anyone know. TIA. I am losing sleep over this,.

singyswife Tue 19-Aug-08 09:44:01


singyswife Tue 19-Aug-08 09:49:46


hannahsaunt Tue 19-Aug-08 09:54:44

Don't know about the law but children in ds1's class have gone to the middle east for three weeks at a time during apparent consequences from the school...

singyswife Tue 19-Aug-08 09:58:12

Oh cool. Its just I read somewhere that you can be fined if they have more than 5 days of unauthorised absence in a year.

oggsfrog Tue 19-Aug-08 10:15:01

Why don't you speak to the school?
It will probably have to be classed as unauthorised absence, and will go on record as such, but the school may be understanding.

Weegiemum Tue 19-Aug-08 10:34:33

You need to ask the school. The absence can be authorised at the discretion of the head teacher. They usually want a reason, and can be stroppy if the reason is wishy washy (you might find that if the reason is disney)

I took dd1 out of school for 2 weeks in May of her primary one year, to go to a very good friends wedding in Canada. that got the OK, but I had to take work for her, her teacher asked her to keep a diary of her holiday adn she did a little talk to the class when she got back about it.

Be prepared for them not to like it very much, but you can take them out regardless.

You might find the school will be a little less accomodating to other requests you might have, though.

singyswife Tue 19-Aug-08 14:31:07

Hello, thank you all for your replies however this was stressing me out so much that I managed to get the dates changed to during the october week. Thank you

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