Leave of Absence Requests

You are probably aware that the law regarding leave of absence in term time has changed.  Schools are under constant pressure to maintain a high attendance rate and whilst we understand the reasons for taking term time leave of absence the Law and Education Department Guidance is very clear.

The Department for Education states:

'A Headteacher must not give permission for holidays in term time unless there are 'exceptional circumstances'.

If you need to request time off in term time for your son/daughter you must complete a  Leave of Absence form and return it to school marked for the attention of the Headteacher.  If the leave of absence is not considered exceptional circumstances permission will not be granted.

Should you decide to take your son/daughter out of school without authorisation this will be recorded as unauthorised.  By Law, the school have to notify the Behaviour and Attendance Service and a Penalty Notice could be issued for each child taken out of school.   The Penalty Notice is a fine which must be paid within 21 days.  The fine will increase if it is not paid within 28 days and any time longer than this could result in legal action.

All leave of absence requests must be made on the  Leave of Absence form available from school -  letters can no longer be accepted.

Michael Bates