Term time leave of absence
Leave of absence of one day, for a special reason, such as external examinations, medical appointments and funeral attendance can be applied for. Medical or dental appointments should be arranged outside school hours when possible. This absence will only be recognised if certified approval has been granted by the Head of School.
Forms to apply for term time leave of absence can be found in the school office.
You may be aware from the press that The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, regarding absence for the purpose of a family holiday, was amended. They have removed the ability for the headteacher to grant a family holiday during term time of up to 10 days in ‘special circumstances’.
The new legislation makes it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’.
At our school we have a large number of holiday requests each year which does impact on the learning and progress of the children involved. It has been agreed by the board of directors that leave of absence can only be granted from now on in ‘exceptional circumstances’. We have amended the forms we use to reflect this. We will honour the leave of absence requests made prior to this amendment.
We will consider your ‘exceptional circumstances’ on any future requests but will not be able to authorise ‘standard holidays’. Under the new regulations you could be fined if you remove your child from school at any time other than the designated breaks.
* If leave is taken without authorisation it will be recorded as unauthorised absence and the matter may be referred to the Council’s Education Welfare Service, for consideration of further action.