If your child is absent from school, please ensure you have notified the school office by 09:00 of the reason for your child’s absence. If we have not been informed of your child’s absence or your child arrives at school after registers have closed, your child will be reported as an ‘unauthorised absence’ and contact will be made by the school to ascertain the whereabouts and the well-being of the child. Notified absence from school will be authorized only in the following circumstances:
- Medical appointments, any medical appointments will need to be verified by presenting to the school office a medical appointment card or letter of confirmation.
- Music exams
- Educational visits
- Compassionate leave
- Exceptional circumstances (by prior approval of the Headteacher)
Holiday Absence - Does a week make that much difference?
A child who takes a week’s extra holiday each year at school will have missed at least 70 days – or the equivalent of more than 3 months teaching by the end of their time at school – ‘The Guardian’
From 1st September 2013, government rules mean that Headteachers are no longer able to authorise any requests for children to be taken out of school, unless there are exceptional circumstances as outlined above.
Previously schools were able to authorise up to 10 days of leave from school. The new law states that requests for leave can only be granted in exceptional circumstances and family holidays do not fall into this category.
Examples of ‘exceptional circumstances’ may include:
- The death or terminal illness of a person in the immediate family
- Service personnel and other employees who cannot take leave outside term time at any point in the academic year.