Attendance and Absence

Applications for time off school for family holiday during term time

The law relating to holidays during term time has changed.

This will have an impact on any families who choose to take holiday during school time from September 1st2013 onwards.  While we may not entirely agree with this law we must adhere to it.

The changes are as follows:

  • The law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time.
  • Parents must apply in writing to school for leave absence at least 4 weeks before they leave if they wish to take holiday during term time.
  • Schools can only give permission for leave of absence if there are exceptional circumstances for taking children out during term time.  Cost unfortunately is not considered to be an exceptional circumstance.
  • Each application will be considered individually and will be at the discretion of the Headteacher and Governors of the school.  Parents will be notified of the decision.
  • If permission to authorise the absence is turned down and parents still remove their child from school then the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.
  • Government guidance strongly dissuades parents taking holidays in the first few weeks of a school year as this can have a negative impact on the child educationally.

Punctuality and good school attendance are essential for any child to make progress and reach their full potential. The government have set a target of a minimum of 96% attendance for every child in school and it is important that we strive to achieve this. Research clearly shows that children with attendance below 95% achieve less well at school than other pupils.


Pupil Attendance – 2013 – 2014

The percentage of half days (sessions) missed through authorised absence                       –                 2.6%

The percentage of half days (sessions) missed through unauthorised absence                   –                 0.3%

The average attendance for the period September 2013 – June 2014                                   –                 97.1%

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