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Information for Parents re Absences and Holidays


ABSENCE:   If your child is absent from school for any reason please ring the school office on 01768 213200 as soon as possible, you can always leave a message on the answer machine if you ring outside of normal office hours - 8.30 - 4.30.  It is important that we know why your child is not attending school.


APPOINTMENTS:     If your child has a dental, or medical appointment it would be much appreciated if where possible appointments are made either during lunch time or after the end of the school day.  You should let your child's teacher, or the school office, know if you are collecting your child for an appointment during the day.  If you are taking your child out of school you must sign them out and then back in again on their return.


ABSENCES IN TERM TIME:     Parents are encouraged to take their child on holiday during the school holidays.  Holidays in term time are not authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances that require the family to take their child/ren out of school. Forms for parents to complete - requesting a leave of absence for their child/ren are available from the school office and should be returned to the headteacher for consideration.


Holidays in school time may be less expensive

BUT ...

Your Child's Education is Priceless!


Information for parents


The Law

The law says that parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for holidays during term-time.

In exceptional circumstances however, schools can allow parents to take their child out of class for up to ten days in a school year.

If you take a holiday without the school's permission or if the child fails to  return on the agreed date this will be recorded as unauthorised absence (truancy) and noted on the child's Attendance Record.


School's Decision

When deciding whether to allow term-time leave, the school will consider:-

  •  Are there exceptional circumstances that require the family to take their child/ren out of school during term time.
  • The child's age
  •  The time and duration of the leave
  •  The child's record of attendance 

We recognise that it is more expensive to take a holiday during school breaks, and that is why some parents may ask for term-time leave for their child.  However, this is not categorised as an exceptional circumstance.

There are only 190 statutory school days in one year.  There are 175 days (weekends and school holidays) available to use for holidays, which would not have a negative effect on your child?s education.

Every school day counts!


Parent/Guardian Decision

What you need to consider:-

There are times during a school year when a child may experience particular problems because of term-time leave such as:-

* Disadvantages if close to assessments or tests, for example reception and nursery baseline assessments at the start of the year, SATs in Year 2 and in Year 1 phonics screening in June.

* Settling in problems during the first weeks of a new school year.

* Children who need help in certain subjects need to access all the educational support that is offered.

* Some children may find it difficult to renew friendships with their classmates when they return to school.

* Your child may miss out on valuable group work with classmates that cannot be repeated.

* It could embarrass and lower your child?s self-esteem to have to ask for help to catch up.

* Missing Induction,Transition  and Celebration Activities such as The Leavers Service.

* Please consider the unspoken message you are giving your child, by letting them think it is acceptable to miss school.  Some young people with severe truancy problems have said that it all started when they had a week or two off school for a holiday.


If it is absolutely unavoidable

  •  Discuss with the Head Teacher the idea of taking work with you, or how you would help your child to catch up with the missing 50 hours (ten school days) of education.
  • Perhaps you could help your child with catch up work when you return.