The term time holiday ruling is a cause of much contention. A judgement on good parenting? On the merits of being a law abiding citizen? Or a judgement on the high price of holidays in peak time?
There are many that bemoan the cost of travel in school holiday time and honestly I don't understand it. Flexible pricing in travel means that according to supply and demand, prices go up and go down. This is a Europe wide issue with limited hotel capacity across the Med it's inevitable that prices rise in July and August .
There are ways to beat the system. Andorra, a popular winter destination for skiers, has beautiful mountains, streams and clear blue skies in the summer. Hotels that cost €300 a night in the winter season can be booked for 25% of that price in summer. In Finland, kids go back to school in August. We booked a lakeside cabin for a week in August (sleeps 5) for €500.
Disneyland in August is expensive. So is petrol at service stations. And strawberries at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Get creative, think laterally and you can still obey the law and beat the system.
In her judgement, Lady Hale said it would cause unacceptable disruption if parents were able to withdraw children whenever they wanted. "Unauthorised absences have a disruptive effect, not only on the education of the individual child, but also on the work of other pupils, and of their teachers," she said. Allowing parents to decide when they took their children away would be a "slap in the face" to parents who kept the rules, said Lady Hale. The case has raised questions about the high cost of travel during school holidays and Andrew Shelton from the Cheapflights travel website said the tough message on term-time absences could "widen the price divide between term-time and school holiday even further". Mr Shelton said that at present there could be a 50% difference in prices.