As from September 2013 there is no longer provision in law for Headteachers to authorise absence from school for the purpose of a term time holiday.
Parents can request absence from school for exceptional circumstances, these would include:
1. Service personnel returning from a tour of duty abroad where it is evidenced the individual will not be in receipt of any leave in the near future that coincides with school holidays.
2. Where an absence from school is recommended by a health professional as part of a parent or child’s rehabilitation from a medical or emotional issue.
3. The death or terminal illness of a person close to the family.
4. To attend a wedding or funeral of a person close to the family.
5. Where there are exceptional and unforeseen circumstances that fall outside of
1 to 4 above, the Headteacher agrees to consult with the principal education
welfare officer prior to any authorisation being given to the parent. The
principal education welfare officer will discuss each case with an independent
Headteacher and will make a recommendation to the referring school.
We advise that you do not plan for your child to be absent without speaking to your child’s Headteacher first to obtain prior approval. Headteachers cannot retrospectively authorise absence from school under any circumstance.
Please note the school day is divided into 2 registration periods; for example if your child is absent for one day this equals 2 sessions and a five day absence equals 10 sessions.
Please contact the Headteacher if you have any questions.