Holidays during term time

Attendance levels are high in school and we would like to thank parents for their support in achieving levels well above the national norm.  A large percentage of our annual absence is holiday leave in school time and in 2013 the government made changes to the regulations surrounding 'leave of absence' in term time.

The amendments state that headteachers may NOT grant any leave of absence during term time (including family holidays) unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Therefore leave of absence authorisation for holidays in term time cannot be granted.

The Headteacher will determine if a request is an exceptional circumstance, and if leave is granted, the number of school days a child can be away from school.

Parents are asked to complete a leave of absence form which is available below or from the school office to explain the nature of the exceptional circumstances that necessitate their child being absent from school during term time.

If leave of absence is taken without permission from the headteacher it will be marked as unauthorised.  Unauthorised absences are monitored by the Education Welfare Service and in persistent cases of poor attendance they may become involved.