Amendments came into force in September 2013 and the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 now state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
There is a common misconception that any child is allowed to take 10 days’ holiday per year. This is not true and the government strongly urges parents or carers to avoid taking a child out of school for family holidays as this will disrupt their education.
Please note that absence will not be authorised for reasons such as shopping for uniform, birthdays, day trips, weekends away etc.
Only exceptional circumstances warrant an authorised leave of absence.
Requests should be made well in advance and in writing by parents or carers. Please pick up a request form from the school when convenient.
Requests for absence for reasons such as compassionate leave, special family events, sporting or musical competitions, etc. should be made in the same way.
All requests are considered individually, taking into account the circumstances of the request. Other factors will be taken into account, such as:
- the time of year the child will be absent
- the attendance record of the child
- the number of previous requests for leave of absence
We will notify parents of our decision either by telephone or in writing.
Where a parental request has been refused, and parents continue to take their child out of school, this absence will be recorded as unauthorised.
We reserve the right to apply to the Local Authority to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice.