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Reporting an authorised pupil absence
Please report a pupil absence due to illness as soon as possible at the start of the school day, by phoning the school and selecting option 1 for student absence. Alternatively, for your convenience you can email email@example.com
Holidays during term time
We believe that parents give their children into our care because they support what we do and trust that we will do everything we can to help equip them for their life after school. We take this responsibility seriously.
We have thirty nine weeks of contact time in the year with our students to fulfil that expectation. Parents have the other thirteen weeks to take their children on museum and theatre visits, to take them on holiday, or do those other things that add to the fulfilment and fun of being a child.
For this reason, we are very reluctant to authorise student absence outside the normal school holiday period believing that continuity of learning is in their best interests.
The Government have recently reviewed and updated the guidance on holidays during term time. The DfE website makes the following statement:
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 you are wishing to request a term time holiday, then you must ensure that the request for absence is put in before the holiday is booked because you may find that if I disagree on the exceptional nature of the reason for the holiday that you will face a fine from the Educational Welfare Office. You will need to complete a pupil leave of absence form in detail. This can be downloaded here, pupil-leave-of-absence-form.pdf, or collected from Student Services. The completed form must then be handed into student services, who will pass it to the Head Teacher for consideration. Your child will then receive a reply in the form of a letter handed to them by their form tutor. Please make sure holiday forms are handed in as early as possible to allow time to process the request.
All students MUST remember to sign in and out at the attendance office with a valid note from parents; otherwise their attendance records will show unauthorised absences.
If your child is away from school due to illness, please phone the school and let us know (01746 760378), alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . On returning to school you will also need to provide your child with a note which must be handed in to the attendance office.