In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The school understands absence due to sickness and respects exceptional circumstances which require absence from school. We do request that taking holidays in term time, during assessment week in May and in the first two weeks back in September should be avoided. Leave of absence forms are available from the school, or on the website, should you need to seek authorisation for a holiday/absence in term time. Authorisation is not automatic and is limited by strict government regulations. You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorized or if your child’s attendance falls below 94% for the previous year.
Government regulations require that all schools record the reason for every absence and distinguish between authorised and unauthorised absences.
We ask that parents notify the office as soon as possible giving a clear reason for absence. On the first day of any absence period it is the parents’ responsibility to contact the school and to explain the absence. If we have not received notice from you, a member of staff will telephone to enquire. This also provides some security for children who journey to school independently of an adult. Parents also need to inform school of any subsequent days of absence due to illness.