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Late/Absence Procedures

Term -Time Leave of Absence Government regulations do not allow schools to authorise any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers are no longer permitted to authorise absence for holidays taken during term time. They are permitted to grant leave only in exceptional circumstances. 

Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. You have no legal right to take your child out of school in term time. Agreement of any request is at the discretion of the Headteacher, acting on behalf of the Governing Body, in line with leave rules and dependant on circumstances. Leave will only be granted in extreme circumstances and not for a holiday.


If the absence is not granted and the leave is taken anyway, the Educational Welfare Service have the right to issue a fixed penalty of £60 to each parent taking each child out of school. Failure to comply with the Educational Welfare Officer when persistent absence is identified could result in a fine of up to £2500 for each parent per child (or a criminal record).


To apply for leave, complete the Pupil Absence Request form by clicking the link below. You will then be contacted to inform you of the decision.