Holidays in Term Time
Request for Exceptional Term Time Leave
From 1st September 2013 the Regulations relating to absence from school have been amended. These amendments make it clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Permission will not be given for holidays booked because they are less expensive during term time or to tie in with other relatives’ arrangements.
If parents have particular compassionate reasons for requesting leave during term time or there is a special event they would like their child to attend you may put your request in writing and this will be considered. If leave is granted, the principal determines the number of days a child may be away from school.
The Regulations provide for penalty notices (fines) to be issued if a parent fails to ensure that their child attends school regularly. The policy of the Southend Borough Council is that penalty notices will be issued if:
v There are 5 or more consecutive days of unauthorised absence
v Attendance is less than 90% for the preceding 12 weeks
v The leave is during September
v The leave is taken during tests or examinations.
Parents should note that there are only certain specific circumstances where leave can be authorised. These are detailed on the exceptional leave request form overleaf.
Please note that permission will only be granted if the request cannot realistically take place at weekends or in the school holidays for reasons other than cost. Special celebrations are considered to be flexible and do not have to take place on an exact date. We ask all parents to arrange special celebrations at weekends and during school holidays.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss the matter further. You have the right of appeal to the School Governing Body.