Hello all. I am upset with the decision of the primary school headteacher. She is new and first newsletter she told us parents off for loads of things. So story goes that my parents live abroad on their own and need my help for health issues. Both suffer since last year from Heart conditions and my father is sriously unwell. I work during Easter since I run my business and got arranged responsibilities I cannot leave. I am a divorcee. My ex agreed with asking permission. Headteacher has approoved other people to go on holidays during the term. Now she refused to take my two kids away (which have this year 100% attendance). Her answer was kids last year went away because of fathers problem. Now its not appropriate to take my kids, since we have Easter and bank holiday to go so she cannot agree and neither cares for the circumstances. Is there a way to talk to an education welfare officer for that? Is there away to override this decision. I dont want special treatment but still family is important and kids need to see their grandpa in case he dies, which is highly likely due to his consecutive heart surgeries . Does it worth it looking at talking to someone or shall I take kids and face fine? Also paperwork threats that the headteacher will report me to the education officer If I take kids althout its not authorised. Help please mum n dads. Am I unreasonable?
Your work is the reason you cant go so The Head is making the right decision according to guidelines. You cant go above her, nobody from the LA will overule her However, you can still go if you are willing to risk a fine
YABU. Authorised holiday absences are for real, real emergencies - as in, 'we physically have to go now/travel at this time and are unable to do so at another time'. If it were that much of an emergency, you would be travelling over Easter, not delaying it because it is more convenient for your work.
For God's sake you are BVU... the Head is right that this is something that could be reasonable arranged during school holidays and I'm sorry but your work is not a reason for you to be unable to do that, unless you are in the armed forces or work particular shift work like a police officer or similar. Also, you say he may likely die but you put your work above that? The Easter holidays are here now it's over two weeks off. The head has made the right decision and you are unbelievably arrogant to think you can override her decision. As a PP said, it's people like you that are part of the reason it's so hard to recruit Heads these days.
It's a hard one. But ultimately you're saying that you won't take time off work, but the kids should take time off school, and he's sick so the school should accept it, but not so sick you'd lose out on money. Anyway to jiggle your work commitments? Thy are now off on Easter holidays. To say I won't use them but I'll use term time for trips, I see the heads point. Are you willing to pay the fine to remove them?
Is there a way to talk to an education welfare officer for that?
Yes, you’ll find their contact details on the local authority's website.
They will back the school because they offer advice but are ultimately guided by individual schools’ policies. But it will be good for you to hear from someone else that the school is not being unreasonable.