Fri 20 Apr 2018
Leave of Absence Requests During Term-time
A message from Mrs Kang, Headteacher
I am becoming increasingly concerned by the large number of parents who are still requesting term-time leave, particularly where the circumstances have not been exceptional.
Please remember that there is no right to term-time leave.
Requests for leave of absence will not be granted for the purposes of a holiday. The law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time. Requests for leave of absence will not be granted during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances for which proof may be required if deemed appropriate.
A number of parents have taken their children out of school against our advice, where the circumstances have not been exceptional, and the absence has been unauthorised as a result.
After Easter Year 2 children will begin the preparation and groundwork towards their Key Stage 1 National Curriculum Tests in May. This is a very important time for them in the school year, and full attendance is important for them to reach their full potential.
Please think twice about the effect an extended absence from school will have on your child’s education before you decide to request any leave of absence.
You may ask for a copy of the Leave of Absence policy from the school office and it is on the school website.
If you take your child out of school and the leave of absence is unauthorised, you will be liable for a penalty fine of £60 per parent per child, this will be issued by the Education Welfare Service. Penalty Notice fines will need to be paid within 21 days or the fine will increase to £120 within 28 days.
Unpaid Penalty Notices result in prosecution for the absence in the magistrate’s court.
You must come and see me BEFORE you book any flights. If you don’t, and I do not authorise the absence, your child may lose their place at this school. We have waiting lists for school places and you risk having to take your children to several different schools on your return.