Most parents want their children to get on well in life. Nowadays, it is more important than ever to have a good education if you want opportunities in adult life. Children only get one chance at school and your child’s chances of a successful future may be affected by not attending school regularly.
Children who do not attend regularly may not be able to keep up with school work and in a busy school day it is difficult for teachers to find the time to help a child catch up.
It is not only the academic work that suffers. Missing out on the social side of school life, especially in the first few years of education, can affect children’s ability to make and keep friendships that are a vital part of growing up.
Being on time is also vital. Arriving late at school can be very disruptive for your child, the teacher and the other children in the class. Arriving after the register closes results in an unauthorised absence being recorded for that session.
REQUESTS FOR LEAVE OF ABSENCE IN TERM TIME
If pupils are to reach their potential they need to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them. Regular, uninterrupted school attendance is a key factor in helping pupils reach their potential. Every effort should always be made to avoid disruption to a pupil’s education.
Following amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 which came into effect 1st September 2013, Headteachers are only allowed to grant leave of absence from school in exceptional circumstances. The decision as to whether any request is considered as ‘exceptional circumstances’ rests solely with the Headteacher.
The fundamental principles for defining ‘exceptional’ are rare, significant, unavoidable and short; 'unavoidable' should be taken to mean an event that could not reasonably be scheduled at another time.
In considering whether or not to authorise a request for exceptional leave of absence in term time the Headteacher will look at each individual case and only grant authorisation if the circumstances are truly exceptional. Additionally, any request should be made prior to the leave of absence and should be submitted to the school in writing marked for the attention of the Headteacher. Parents/guardians may be asked to provide additional information/evidence or meet with the school to discuss the circumstances.
Parents/guardians will be notified of the Headteacher’s decision at the earliest opportunity. If the circumstances are not considered to be exceptional then parents/guardians will be informed of this and made aware that the Local Authority may be asked to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice if a child fails to attend school and if attendance for the previous 12 month period (to include the leave of absence) is not considered to be regular.