Only the school can grant leave of absence.

The reasons for authorised absence may include the following:


  • illness – reported by parents either on the first day by telephone, letter or email before 9.30 a.m.
  • exclusion
  • education off-site
  • dental/medical treatment (to be confirmed by an adult)
  • study leave
  • religious observance
  • bereavement
  • special occasions (depending upon circumstances and advance notification)


Family holidays

No parents can demand leave of absence for the purpose of a holiday as a right. The head teacher can only authorise leave in exceptional circumstances and will also determine the amount of leave.

Parents are informed that they must request leave of absence to take their child on holiday during term-time directly from the head teacher or deputy head teacher. This request must be presented in writing. School carefully considers each case on its merits. No blanket approval will be given. Parents are informed in writing about the outcome of their request, and whether the absence will be recorded as an authorised or unauthorised absence.

Pleas note;

  • Parents must apply for and request permission in advance of the holiday, and not inform the school as of right or seek retrospective approval on their return.
  • On most occasions, where possible, teachers will provide work for the child to do if requested by the parents.
  • children who are absent in excess of the period agreed by school, will have absence recorded as unauthorised.

NB: The Anti- Social Behaviour Act (2003) allows the LA and school the right to issue penalty notices for unauthorised holidays in term time where a parent has chosen to take their child on holiday without the authorisation of the school – The fines are £60 per child if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid within 28 days.)

Documents to download:

Attendance guidance for parents

Attendance policy

Absence Request Form