This school does not approve of parents/carers taking their child out of school during term time and will not set work for pupils whilst they are absent.
By law, parents/carers must apply for permission in advance for leave of absence during term time. If parents/carers wish to apply to withdraw their child from school in term time, they must:-
- · Complete the ‘Request for absence form’ and return it to the school office (this form is available on the school website or from the office)
- · Appreciate that each application will be dealt with separately and that this may include an appointment with the Headteacher to discuss the application
Parents/carers should not assume that their request will be granted, especially in cases where a child has a poor attendance record, there are concerns about their progress or at certain times of the school year (for example during statutory assessment periods and at the beginning of September when the children are settling into new classes and/or year groups). As stated above, authorisation will only be given in exceptional circumstances. If the request is not granted and the pupil is withdrawn for a holiday, this will be recorded as unauthorised absence. The regulations also set out the procedures for issuing penalty notices (fines) to each parent who fails to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school. The school uses the Local Authority Code of Conduct in respect of such Penalty Notices.