Attached is an application form for you to request permission for your child to be absent from school.
The law states that you do not have the right to take your child out of school for holidays during term time. The local authority works with schools to reduce the number of children missing school because of holidays taken in term time and schools can refuse your request to take your child out of school.
If you wish to take your child out of school during term time, you must apply for permission in advance, in writing using the attached form and provide evidence for holidays/overseas visits i.e booking confirmation, flight bookings.
The Department for Children Schools and Families state that absence for holidays in term time due to the following reasons will not be authorised:
o availability of cheap holidays
o availability of desired accommodation
o poor weather experienced in the school holiday period
o overlap with beginning or end of term
o holidays booked before checking with the school
o day trips (Keeping pupil registers – guidance in applying pupil registration regulations – DCSF September 2006)
There are certain times of the year when a child may experience extra problems because of missing school. These include examination periods, at the time of starting a new school and at the start of a new school term. In deciding whether to authorise your child’s absence and give permission in term time, the school will take these and other factors into account.
If the school refuses your application and you still take your child out of school the absences will be treated as unauthorised. Unauthorised absences may lead to a Penalty Notice or a Summons being issued against you for irregular school attendance.
Having read these notes, if you still wish to apply for a leave of absence for your child during term time then please complete the application attached. This form should be returned to the school office as far in advance of the proposed absence as possible.