If children are going to be late or absent due to a hospital or other appointment please let the school know in advance. If children are ill the school should be advised, either by phone ideally before 10am or in writing on the day they are away.
The Governors would like to remind parents that regular school attendance is a vital element in achieving success at school for all ages of pupils. Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
If the request is not being made as a result of ‘exceptional circumstances’ OR the family have already taken absence without seeking the prior approval of the Headteacher, the Headteacher must notify the parent, in writing, of their decision to refuse to grant permission for leave/code the absence as unauthorised, and warn them that this refusal places the parent(s) at risk of being issued with Penalty Notice(s), as per Leicestershire County Council’s policy/Code of Conduct. Parents failing to pay £60 within 21 days/£120 within 28 days will face prosecution under section 444 Education Act 1996.
If you require a leave of absence from school due to an exceptional circumstance, please complete the form available from the school office. Once the form is completed, please return it to the school office where it will be considered.