Leave of Absence during Term Time
As an Ely School’s partnership we continue to focus our attention on attendance. We are keen to ensure that we promote the highest attendance possible for all our young people as this is a fundamental life skill that will ensure young people’s future success. Not only is it vital that our young people establish the very best habits and routines to ensure their success as future employees but there is also very clear national data that clearly shows the impact that poor attendance has on young people achieving the best possible outcomes and educational achievements. In short, if young people are not at school, we cannot teach them and this will affect their academic achievement at all levels.
As a result of this all the schools in the partnership continue to take a very firm and consistent view when parents seek permission for an absence from school for their child due to circumstances other than genuine illness. All parents can expect that all requests from parents seeking permission for leave of absence for their child will be refused and therefore unauthorised except where there are exceptional circumstances.
- An absence is classified as unauthorised when a child is away from school without the permission of both the school and the parent/carer or if the child is away from school without good reason even with the support of a parent/carer (eg shopping or a birthday).
- Holidays taken within the school term (except in exceptional circumstances agreed by the Head teacher) will be deemed as unauthorised absence. The expectation of the Local Authority is that term time holidays should not be planned or booked as they are likely to lead to the issuing of a penalty notice. Parents /carers who take their children on unauthorised, term time holidays or whose child is persistently absent over a given period, may be issued with a penalty notice or subject to court proceedings for failing to ensure their child’s regular school attendance under section 444 of the Education Act 1996. Where unauthorised holiday takes attendance below 90% and there are other unauthorised absences a penalty fine may be issued.
- Any parent who takes a child out of school for term time leave for 6 consecutive sessions (3 days) or more over a 4 week period, not authorised by the school (under exceptional circumstances rule), may receive a Penalty Notice.
- A Penalty Notice which is £120 per parent, per child, reduced to £60 per parents, per child, if paid within 21 days. Non payment of the Penalty Notice within 28 days may be subject to court proceedings for failing to ensure the regular school attendance of their child(ren), which could result in a fine of up to £1,000.
Exceptional circumstances will be considered on an individual basis but the following will not meet the criteria:
- Cheaper holidays in England or abroad
- Visiting family or friends who have different half term holiday dates
- Visits to see family abroad
- Family weddings (unless immediate family and then only for the wedding itself)
- Relatives coming to visit
We hope that when you have read this you will consider your child’s education is too important to allow them to miss school for unavoidable reasons. However, if you wish to apply for leave, please request an Exceptional Leave of Absence form which is available in the school office. If you would like to discuss leave of absence please make an appointment to see Mr Lawrence.