Leave in Term Time:
Taking a child out of school in term time will affect their schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents to help us by not taking children away in school time.
Remember that any savings you think you may make by requesting leave during school time will cost your child’s education.
There is no automatic entitlement in law to take leave during school time.
All applications for leave must be made, in advance, by the parent. If you wish to apply for exceptional leave then you must complete a request form and return this to school. We will then invite you into school for a meeting with a member of SLT. Requests will only be authorised if the circumstances surrounding the request are considered to be exceptional.
Leave in term time will not be agreed by us at any time unless circumstances surrounding the request can be evidenced, by parents, to be exceptional.
In considering the request we will also look at various factors such as:
- The timing of the request: When a pupil is just starting the school, absences should be avoided as this is a very important transition period as your child needs to settle into their new environment as quickly as possible.
Pupils should not be absent where possible both immediately before and during assessment periods e.g. GCSE or any other public examinations.
- Where a pupil’s attendance rate is already below 95% or will fall to or below that level as a result of taking leave.
- Other periods of leave which the pupil may have had, either during the current or previous academic year
Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the school, or in excess of that agreed, will be classed as unauthorised and may attract sanctions such as a Penalty Notice.
In certain circumstances, parents risk losing their child’s place on the school roll if the pupil does not return to school on the agreed return date. Readmission cannot be guaranteed. The specific circumstances which outline when a pupil can be removed from roll are laid out in Regulation 8 (1) (f) (i-iii) of The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 (Amended 2010 and 2013)