Parents do not have a right to take their children out of school for the purposes of a family holiday. By law a Head Teacher may not grant any absence in term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Parents wishing to apply for their child to have leave from school should complete this form and return it to school for authorisation well in advance of the proposed leave. Please wait for a response before booking your holiday.
If you take your child out of school without the Head Teacher’s permission, you may be issued with a penalty notice. The parent paying a fine of £60 if paid within 21 days rising to £120 if paid between 22-28 days.
Swindon Borough Council have updated their Penalty Notice Code of Conduct - September 2016, please click here for further information.
Swindon Borough Council have also updated their Legal Enforcement Policy which clearly lays out all areas regarding unauthorised absence. Click here.
The Department for Education has announced that the threshold for Persistent Absence will reduce from 15% to 10% from September 2015. From September 2015 this equals 19 days over the year.
Please click here for an informative absence summary from Swindon Borough Council (Feb 2017)
School Holiday Dates
Click below for a list of the Bishopstone CE holiday dates which follow Swindon Borough Council
Click here to go to the SBC link
Key School Dates
INSET days (school closed to children)
INSET days for the academic year 2017-2018
January 2nd 2018
May 4th 2018
July 25th and 26th 2018