Yes, we thought we'd go the truthful route - primary SHOULD be OK, I hope, but sadly Tommy's not interested. I was fearful that "unauthorised leave" might involve a fine of up to Â£100 a day which starts making the financial attraction a little less so.
I'm, to be honest, a little worried about the educational impact of missing a week's school - he missed a few days last term with swine flu although luckily this coincided with a trip to Germany which most of his class was on. He's not top of the class so I have no laurels to rest on there. He is only year 8, but you can still miss vital stepping stones of understanding, particularly in maths, so I will be asking which chapters they will be covering so that we can try to keep up from a distance. Husband is adamant we go. We didn't last year. I sort of feel that we have to opt out of these holidays for a few years but he fears that he will be too old if we leave it any longer. Of course it may start snowing again in which case this is all academic
BTW, mine would have been EXACTLY the same, disgruntled at missing "free" days off school! Hope you had a great time.