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
- 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.
Head of School