Dear Parents,

Request for leave during Term-Time

From September 2013 the Department for Education has amended the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 removing the Head Teacher’s ability to authorise leave of absence for a family holiday. Requests for holidays in term-time will not be authorised as the Regulations only allow me to authorise absence (leave) in “exceptional circumstances”.

The School’s Attendance Policy confirms that:

  • agreement to each request is at my discretion, acting on behalf of the Governing Body
  • each case will be judged on its merits
  • my decision is final
  • leave cannot be authorised retrospectively

The following reasons are examples of the kinds of absence that will not be authorised:

  • persistent nonspecific illness, e.g. poorly/unwell
  • absence of siblings if one child is ill
  • oversleeping
  • inadequate clothing/uniform
  • confusion over school dates
  • medical/dental appointments of more than half a day without very good reasons
  • child’s/family birthday
  • shopping trip
  • family holidays

As stated above, I am unable to authorise leave except in exceptional circumstances, and will request for a Penalty Notice to be issued.

Penalty Notices are issued to each parent of each child and the amount of the penalty will be £120 to be paid within 28 days, reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days. Failure to pay the penalty in full at the end of the 28 day period may result in prosecution by the Attendance Service.

Yours sincerely,

Jacky Cox

Head of School