Leave of Absence requests (Holidays)

Requests for leave of absence – Including Holiday requests.

PLEASE NOTE THAT LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUESTS WILL NOT BE AUTHORISED DURING THE MONTH OF MAY OR DURING ANY OTHER PERIODS OF STATUTORY ASSESSMENTS.

The statement below is taken from the school Admissions & Attendance Policy.

  • Children need to be in school for all sessions, so that they can make the most progress possible. However, we do understand that there are circumstances under which a parent may legitimately request leave of absence for a child. We expect parents and carers to contact the school at least a month in advance (whenever reasonably possible) to discuss the reasons for why a leave of absence is required and if the special event will be approved. A leave of absence request form then needs to be completed by parents in any such instance.
  • If a child is absent with no permission given from school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and will be followed up with an investigation, led by the Headteacher or the EWO and may result in a fixed penalty notice being issued. (Please refer to Fixed Penalty Notices webpage for further information)
  • Amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006, removed references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. Parents and carers are NOT ENTITLED to take their child away on holiday during term time. The amendments make clear that the Headteacher may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Only the Headteacher (or Deputy Headteacher in the Headteacher’s absence) should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
  • For any leave of absence request, parents/carers must complete a leave of absence request form and provide a detailed written explanation for the exceptional circumstance in which they wish to take their child out of school. If the request is to take a child away on a holiday due to the parents/carers employer’s holiday restrictions, then a supporting letter addressed to the Headteacher will be required from the employer.  For any leave of absence, the Headteacher may request a meeting with parents/carers to discuss the exceptional circumstances reasons in further detail. The Headteacher will consider all requests individually and will take into consideration the parents/carers reasons as well as:
  • Child’s current attendance record;
  • Child’s current attainment and progress in school.
  • Whether the child is due to take any upcoming tests or exams;

The parents/carers will then be notified whether their request for leave of absence has been approved or not. If the absence/holiday goes ahead after the application has been declined, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised and a fixed penalty notice may be issued.

For further clarification and guidance on the law with regards to attendance, please visit the Cheshire East Education Welfare website by clicking on the link below.

http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/schools/parents/education_welfare_service/school_attendance.aspx

 

 

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