Amendments came into force September 2013 to the Education Regulations 2006 and now state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
There is a common misconception that any child is allowed to take 10 days’ holiday per year. This is not true. The government strongly urges parents/carers to avoid taking their children out of school for family holidays as this will disrupt their education.
Absence will not be authorised for reasons such as holidays.
Only exceptional circumstances warrant an authorised leave of absence. Parents/carers should make any request well in advance and in writing (a LOA form is available from the school reception). Requests for absence for reasons such as compassionate leave, special family events, sporting or musical competitions, etc., should be made in the same way.
All requests are considered individually, taking into account the circumstances of the request. Other factors will be taken into account, such as:
- the time of year the student will be absent
- the attendance record of the student
- the number of previous requests for leave of absence
- the student’s ability to catch up
Parents will be notified of the school’s decision either by telephone or in writing.