Muddy comment: term-time holidays
I’ve been closely following the story about the father from the Isle of Wight who was fined for taking his daughter out of school so that she could join a family holiday in Florida during term time. He refused to pay the fine, and last week won his case in the High Court against the local authority.
That’s good news for people like me – and the thousands of others – who take our kids out of school during term time, and have been fined.
I take my children out of school during term time so that we can make family trips to Australia, where I’m from and where all of my family still live. To make such a long trip, I tag extra days onto the school holidays.
My children’s education doesn’t suffer, and they enjoy many experiences they don’t often get in the UK – farm life, surfing, fishing. But experiences aside, the most important thing is the relationship my children have developed and maintain with their Australian grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends. For me, that’s the most important thing.
I shared my story in the i paper last week. You can read it here.