Absence from Learning
Having good attendance from an early age will help children throughout their school life. Being on time is also vital. Arriving late at school can be very disruptive for the late child, the teacher and other children in the class.
Governors and staff fully appreciate that some parents are unable to take leave during the school holidays and that trips abroad are sometimes cheaper during the term. However, there is a clear link between children who miss school and the progress they make.
The school strongly advises parents and carers to encourage good attendance in order to minimise any disruption to their child's education. The procedure for requesting absence from learning will be -
1. The parent/carer will obtain a "Request for Withdrawal from Learning" form from the school office or website.
2. The parent/carer will complete and the form to the school office.
3. The Headteacher will decide whether or not to authorise the absence, in line with school policy.
Term Time Holiday
The Department for Education have informed schools that 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 from 2013 headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are "exceptional circumstances".
The school is, therefore, unable to grant leave of absence during term time unless there are "exceptional circumstances" such as -
1. Children with a parent on leave from the armed forces.
2. Holiday for recently adopted children or children in care.
3. Holiday for parents who work in the emergency services and who have had their leave cancelled.
The following will NOT normally be deemed as "exceptional circumstances" -
1. Financial circumstances.
2. Shift work or work commitments.
3. Tours or trips with performing arts groups and sports clubs.
4. Non school based sports training or tournaments.
The Headteacher has the authority to authorise absences that are unavoidable at short notice. i.e. a funeral.