Key Documents for Parents

Holidays during term time

Due to new amendments made to Government legislation, as from September 1st 2013, holidays taken during term time are no longer authorised. It has been made clear to headteachers that they should not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are "exceptional circumstances'. Currently, schools have been able to approve (at their discretion) any absence during term time for the purpose of family holidays up to a threshold of ten days. The recent amendment makes it quite clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence.

As a result of the revised regulations, the Governors at Emmaville Primary School have agreed to amend our current Attendance Policy for September 2013 and adopt a standard practice of NOT AUTHORISING ANY FAMILY HOLIDAYS IN TERM TIME. The link below gives further information.

If parents/carers, contrary to what the school has said, still decide to take their child out of school for a holiday, then the absence will be recorded as UNAUTHORISED. This can leas to the involvement of the Education Welfare Service and the possible issue of a 'fixed penalty notice' of £60 per child per parent/carer which increases to £120 if not paid within the first 28 days. These measures have been introduced as part of the government's drive to improve attendance.

Research shows that missing school damages a pupil's attainment levels and seriously affects his/her longer term life opportunities. Each year, a number of children are absent because their parents/carers take them away on holiday during term time. The absence of pupils seriously disrupts the continuity of their learning. The link between attendance and achievement is strong, and high levels of attendance at school should be a right of every pupil.

We realise that some parents/carers will find these measures rather severe, but we are following the new legislation and acting in lone with other schools in the local authority, including those within the Ryton cluster. We hope that you will support our continued efforts to raise attendance and attainment.

Free school meals

  • Holiday absence rationale:

Please use the links below to download the Gateshead MBC application form or visit their website directly for further information.

Operation Encompass

Commencing in April 2015, the project Operation Encompass is being run in partnership with both Gateshead Council and Northumbria Police. It aims to support children who are affected by Domestic Abuse. Following any domestic abuse incident being reported to Northumbria Police, specialist Police Officers will make contact with the school and communicate relevant and necessary information to nominated school staff. This will ensure that the school is made aware at the earliest possible opportunity and can subsequently provide support in a way that means the child feels safe.

Please use the link below to read the letter sent to parents, which gives more detail about the initiative. Alternatively, you can find out more from the website at, or if you would like to speak to someone about the project you can contact Miss Armstrong at the school, or DC Gill Menzies on 0191 433 2450 or by email: OperationEncompass@Gateshead.gcsx.Gov.Uk