School Attendance Policy
Unauthorised leave of absence during term time
On 6 April 2017 the Supreme Court appeal, in relation to the Platt v Isle of Wight case, determined that under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996 attending school 'regularly'; means:
"in accordance with the rules prescribed by the school"
From 1 September 2017, if requested, we will consider the issue of a penalty notice for any period of holiday absence which has not been authorised by the headteacher regardless of a child's wider school attendance.
Requests for absence
The Government made amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 which came into force on 1st September 2013. These state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence for holidays during the term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Parents needing leave of absence for exceptional circumstances should complete an official leave of absence form at least two weeks before the anticipated start date. The reason for the request should be given in detail.
If absence becomes a concern, the Education Welfare Service may get involved to resolve any problems. During this process they may need to speak with your child.
As a consequence of these changes I will no longer be able to approve requests for leave of absence for reasons that are not considered to be special or exceptional such as:
- Availability of cheap holidays and cheap travel arrangements
- Days overlapping with beginning or end of term
Parents needing leave of absence for exceptional circumstances should write to the Headteacher at least two weeks before the anticipated start date. The reason for the request should be given in detail. Requests should be made before the leave is arranged as absences will not be granted retrospectively.
I would like to remind parents that this is Government policy and parents who take their children on holiday without permission will incur unauthorised absences for their child. These remain on the child's record and will be monitored for further action by the Education Welfare Service. Parents could be issued with a fixed penalty notice and/or court action.
Thank you for your support and understanding
Ms Karin Baker
School Attendance - The Law 2019