With the summer holidays around the corner, parents have been issued a warning that they could face fines of up to £120.

Legal experts have told parents looking to save some money on their summer getaways that taking children out of school early could have enormous consequences.

Costs of holidays often skyrocket as children break up for the school holidays, but booking a holiday during term time could come with unexpected costs as well.

Legal expert Adam Pope from Spencer Churchill Claims Advice warns parents tempted to take their children on holiday during term time about the serious consequences, including fines up to £120 or even imprisonment.

He said: “If you're considering taking your children on holiday during term time, it's important to understand the legal implications beforehand. Fines currently start from £60 and can reach up to £120 per child if not paid within 21 days, with potential prosecution for non-payment after 28 days.

"Starting in August 2024, fines will increase along with a new national framework which will require schools to consider fines when a child misses ten or more sessions (five days) without authorisation. This aims to enforce consistent attendance rules across all schools.

“Almost 400,000 penalty notices were issued in England during 2022-23, mainly for unauthorised term-time holidays.  

“The increase of parents taking children on holiday during school time can be attributed to the holiday prices, which increase by an average of 18% per person during school breaks compared to term time.

“Trips to Greece, for example, can increase prices by 28% per person during school breaks. Although the financial benefits may be tempting, it's important to prioritise your child's education and follow attendance regulations to avoid serious legal consequences.

"Under the Education Act 1996, parents and carers in England have a legal duty to ensure their child receives full-time education from the term after their fifth birthday until the last Friday in June of the school year they turn 16. They should also understand that there is no formal right of appeal against a penalty notice.”