If your child is absent through sickness or any unavoidable cause, please could you inform the school by telephone in the first instance. This absence constitutes an authorised absence. A note will be required from you on the child’s return.
The Headteacher has a discretionary power to grant leave of absence for a family holiday or visit overseas, however, the Headteacher and Governing Body discourage such absence and you should not expect such leave to be granted as a right. Term time leave requests will be considered individually taking account of the child’s age, the time of year, the nature of the holiday, the circumstances of the family and the child’s previous attendance record and general educational progress.
Permission will not be given if it is applied for after the visit or holiday has taken place. Usually a child will not be granted more than two weeks leave in any school year. Leave will not be granted if it coincides with the period of Standard Assessment Tests.
We appreciate that all family circumstances are different but we want children to be in school as much as possible. Absences during term time can seriously disrupt continuity of learning. The School must collect and report details of absences by law and so all absence levels are monitored closely. Attendance is a performance indicator.