"We only found out about the holiday the day before as it was through the travel agency that we run, so we genuinely didn't have time to plan.
"I know I should have told the school beforehand but if you ask on things like this unfortunately they often say they don't approve of it, so I took a gamble. They didn't reply to the text so I think it paid off.
"James is doing very well, is on target for excellent GCSE results and misses very few days so I knew it was not going to negatively affect his work.
"When I got the message I decided to send the picture because I think a picture tells a thousand words. I think from the photo it was then quite apparent where he was.