Request for Leave / Holiday
We know that you as parents/carers want the best for your child and that having a good education helps to open up more opportunities in adult life. Bearing this in mind, I would like to include a regular reminder regarding the law relating to holidays taken during term time.
As parents you have a legal duty to ensure that your children attend school on a regular basis. The Education Act 1996 makes it a criminal offence for a parent to “fail to secure their child’s regular attendance at the school”. The recent amendments to the 2006 Regulations remove any reference to family holidays, extended leave and the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendements also make it very clear that Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence (holiday) during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The amendments give parents no entitlement to take their child out of school for a holiday in term time and reqiure the Head Teacher and Governing Body to determine what the exceptional circumstances are. The decision will be made by me, the Head Teacher, and/or Governor. We will use my/our discretion to consider each request individually.
A Leave of Absence form must be completed in advance and returned to the school. These forms can be collected from the School Office and, on completion, should be handed back to the School Office, so that a reply can be given. Alternatively the forms are available on the School’s website.
- It must clearly state on the form what the exceptional circumstance is that requires the leave of absence being taken in term time.
- On receipt of the request, you will be sent a response indicating whether the school is able to authorise the leave of absence or not.
If parents, contrary to what the school has said, still decide to take their child out of school for a leave of absence then the absence will be coded as unauthorised. This may lead to the school referring the matter to the Local Authority requesting a Fixed Penalty Notice to be issued.
I know that some parents/carers will find these measures severe but we believe that regular and high attendance is in every pupil’s best interests and helps to maximise their achievements and enjoyment of school. This letter reflects accurately the current legislation and as a school, we have a duty to point this out to parents/carers.
Mrs S. Gill