Holidays during Term Time
Parents do not have a right or entitlement to take children on holiday during term time. If you apply for leave of absence and remove your child from school, their absence will be recorded as unauthorised for the period they are absent. Parents will still need to complete an Application for Leave of Absence form, detailing the reason for their request, as we still need to know that you child will not be in school.
Cheaper prices cannot be considered to be a valid reason. We have to prioritise education before finance. The cost of educating a child for a week far outweighs the savings made by taking time out of school for a cheaper holiday.
The decision whether or not to apply for a penalty notice against parents is entirely at the discretion of the school.
In accordance with Government guidelines, the Local Education Authority reserves the right to fine parents who take their children out of the Academy for holidays during term time without approval.
Other Leave of Absence
From time to time, exceptional circumstances may occur which will necessitate a child’s leave of absence from the academy. These may include such things as: religious festivals; family bereavements; family weddings; special occasions, events or other out of academy activities; public performances. Requests for leave of absence should be submitted to school, giving as much notice as possible, using a Leave of Absence form (available from the office). Each request will be considered on its merits and is at the discretion of the Headteacher. The child’s overall attendance pattern, the nature of the event, the amount of notice given and the impact on the child’s academic progress will be taken into consideration. Birthday celebrations, shopping, sleeping in, or day trips will not normally be authorised.