Further to recent amendments made to the 2006 regulations, headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Furthermore, headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
Circumstances under which leave may be granted:
- For service personnel and other employees who are prevented from taking holidays outside of term-time if the holiday will have minimal disruption to the pupil’s education.
- When a family needs to spend time together to support each other during or after a family crisis e.g. bereavement
Requests for exceptional leave should be made in writing to the Headteacher, detailing in full the reason why your child should be granted leave. It should be borne in mind that a pupil who attends on average 85% of the school year has in reality lost the equivalent of half a term’s education. Over a child’s seven years at primary school this would equate to a loss of one year and one half term’s education. Not only do they miss the teaching provided on the days they are away, they are also less prepared for lessons after their return. This can and does have a real impact on their achievement.
If a pupil will be absent for medical, dental or other similar reasons, parents should complete a Request for Authorised Absence Form.