Holidays in Term time

From the 1st of September 2013, Headteachers in all schools will only be allowed to grant ‘leave of absence’ (time off during term time) for ‘exceptional circumstances only’.

The Department for Education states that family holidays are not ‘exceptional circumstances’.

In exceptional circumstances only, the Headteacher may grant leave of absence during the school year. All requests for leave of absence should be put in writing to the Headteacher using the form below.

Below are examples of what may be considered an exceptional circumstance for absence from school.  All requests are at the Headteacher’s discretion:

 -  The parent has leave from the Armed Forces (Services)
 -  Family Crisis (adoption, bereavement)
 -  Religious Observance by the religious body to which the parents belong
 -  Participation in a supervised sporting activity approved by the school
 -  Non routine medical or dental appointments (routine appointments are to be made outside of school hours)
 -  Modelling/ stage performances - providing the length of absence is not so long that the education of the child would suffer
  -  Examinations (music, dance)