Request for Absence from School
The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 prohibits Headteachers granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
Application forms are available at the school office and MUST be completed prior to the request for leave, and therefore no bookings, flights etc. should be made until leave has been granted. The request is only for exceptional circumstances; holidays and family weddings are not regarded as exceptional circumstances.
I must make you aware that, if you do take your child out of school for this time, and the absences have not been authorised, as the request is not due to exceptional circumstances, the Children Missing from School and Employment Service will be informed. Subsequently they may issue a penalty notice to each parent of £60 for each child to be paid within 21 days. If the penalty is not paid within the time scale the penalty may increase to £120. If the higher penalty is not paid within 28 days, the Children Missing from Education and Child Employment Service will then institute legal proceedings against you in the magistrate’s court under Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 for failing to ensure your child attends school regularly.
We are working on decreasing lateness and absences including holidays. You should note that arriving after 9.30 a.m. is classed as an absence. Please look at the table to see where your child is placed in relation to attendance. Consider how many days absence they have had so far.
Research has shown that by missing 10% of the school term or more can have serious implications on children’s future achievements and their ‘life choices’.