Leave of Absence
Holidays during term time are not permitted. Amendments have been made to The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 effective from September 2013 removing the ability for Headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in “special circumstances” of up to ten school days per year.
Effective from September 2013 Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. A family holiday will not be considered exceptional circumstances.
All applications for leave must be made in advance and at the discretion of the school. In making a decision the school will consider the circumstances of each application individually, including any previous pattern of leave in term time.
It is important that you understand the circumstances when leave in term time will not be agreed by us – such as:
When a pupil is just starting the school. This is very important as your child needs to settle into their new environment as quickly as possible.
- Immediately before and during assessment periods (SATS).
- When a pupil’s attendance record already includes any level of unauthorised absence.
- Where a pupil’s attendance rate is already below 95% or will fall to or below that level as a result of further absence.
Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the school, or in excess of that agreed, will be classed as unauthorised and will be imposed more strictly by the Local Authority. A penalty Notice from the Local Authority can be issued to parents who take their children out of school during term time without consent. The Notices now cost £60 per child if paid within 21 days and £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days.
Please request a Leave of Absence Form at the school office or download from the below link: