Types of Absence
Some absences are allowed by law and are known as authorised absences. For example: if a child is ill, family bereavement, religious observance.
Requests for foreseeable absences (e.g. appointments) or for exceptional leave should be made in advance in writing to the Headteacher at least 2 weeks before the requested date.
There are times when children are absent for reasons which are not permitted by law. These are known as unauthorised absences. Examples of unauthorised absence are: taking or collecting a relative to/from the airport, going for a family day out , forgetting what day is the first day of term, term time holiday/cheap flights.
We are always concerned about the amount of school time pupils miss as a result of term time leave. There is no entitlement to extended absence through time off during term time. Leave of absence is only granted in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Headteacher in accordance with the school policy as agreed by the Governing Body.
Unauthorised Absences are reported to the Local Authority and can result in a Fixed Penalty Fine or other legal action.
Leave of Absence Leaflet