There is no entitlement for a student to take an absence during term time. Please note that amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 which came into force on 1st September 2013 make it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
I certainly appreciate that the cost of a family holiday can be significantly lower if taken in term time, but we continue to do what we can for parents by adding our five Teacher Training Days each year to holiday periods. This could mean a cheaper flight home or an easier journey on the road, for example. I hope that parents will understand that we are doing all we can to improve the attendance of all our students and therefore their attainment.
If parents wish to request permission for extraordinary leave of absence, they should complete an absence request form and submit this to me well in advance and before any bookings are made.
Click on the link for the Extraordinary Leave of Absence Request form, which contains further details of the types of absence which can and cannot be authorised. Copies of the form are also available from Reception.
Important Information about Penalty Notices
Any unauthorised absence of 5 days (10 sessions, either taken at once or cumulative) or more is liable to the issue of a penalty notice by the Local Authority. On a student’s return to school after such absence the school is required to report this unauthorised absence to the Local Authority.
Amendments to the 2007 Regulations in the Education (Penalty Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force on 1st September 2013. Timescales for paying a penalty notice have been reduced: parents must now pay £60 within 21 days or £120 within 28 days. Please note that penalty notices are sent to each person with parental responsibility, and for each child absent from school. This means, for example, that the minimum cost of taking two children out of school for a holiday of 5 days or more could be £120 for each parent, making a total cost for the family of £240.
Click on the link for Wiltshire guidance about Penalty Notices for Holidays Taken in Term Time.