School Term Dates and Leave of Absence Requests
Please click on the image below to view the term dates, holidays and staff training days for the 2019/20 school year.
Please note that May Day 2020 (which is traditionally held on a Monday) has been changed to Friday 8th May 2020 for the whole of the UK, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.
Leave of Absence Requests
The Education Act (1996) requires parents to ensure their child attends school regularly. There is no automatic right to take your child out of school during term time.
The Education (Pupil Registration – England) Regulations 2006 and its Amended Regulations 2013 make it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The Headteacher must be satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances to justify an authorised absence. It is the parent’s responsibility when submitting the request to provide all the information and evidence to prove exceptional circumstances.
The request for Leave of Absence must be made at least two weeks in advance on the “Request for Leave of Absence During Term Time” application form – this form is available from the school office or to download here: leave of absence during term time
If the Headteacher authorises the Leave of Absence it is expected that the child’s attendance will be of a satisfactory level both prior to and after the date covered by the request.
If the Headteacher refuses Leave of Absence, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. If the child is taken out of school for this leave of absence, the matter will be referred to the Local Authority for a Penalty Notice to be issued.
The Penalty Notice is a fine of £120 per parent/carer (for each child) which must be paid within 28 days. The amount of the fine is reduced to £60 per parent/carer (for each child) if the payment is made within 21 days. If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28 day period the Local Authority may prosecute for the offence to which the notice applies.
Research suggests that children who are absent from School may never catch up on the learning they have missed, which may ultimately affect exam and test results. As a parent/carer, you can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not allowing your child to miss school for anything other than an exceptional and unavoidable reason.