To get the best experience of this website, we recommend you upgrade your browser.

Upgrade your Internet Explorer

Durham County Council

Page location

Can I take my child on holiday during term-time?


No, you cannot take your child out of school during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

A 'low-cost holiday' is not an exceptional circumstance.

How do I get permission to take my child out of school during term-time?

You should submit a request to the head teacher of your child's school. Applications should be made as far in advance as possible. It is the school's decision as to whether or not your circumstances are exceptional.

There is more information in the Holidays in term time (PDF, 629kb) leaflet.

What will happen if I take my child out of school without permission?

If you take your child out of school without the school's permission it will be recorded as unauthorised absence (truancy).

You could be fined and your child's Record of Achievement will be affected

Fines are £60 for each child and are issued to each parent. The fines must be paid within 21 days of being issued otherwise the fine will double and will need to be paid within 28 days of being issued. See the Factsheet: Penalty notices to address poor attendance at school (PDF, 254kb) for more information.

Holiday discount scheme - get 10% off with Hays Travel

We have negotiated a holiday discount scheme with Hays Travel. This allows families to get a 10% discount from any holiday booked with Hays that falls within school holidays. Application forms are available from your child's school or in the leaflet which you can download and print below: