The Department of Education has made amendments to the 2006 regulations regarding attendance and the authorising of school holidays in term time. These make it clear that Head Teachers may not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’.
In the light of these changes it will no longer be possible to authorise leave of absence for holidays during term time unless the ‘exceptional circumstances’ have been explained. Please be aware that reasons such as "cheaper in term time" or "more convenient" are no longer acceptable.
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At Springwell, we believe for children to learn most effectively, it is essential that they attend on a regular basis, and the role of the school is to ensure that this occurs. The school recognises the pressures placed upon families which contain a child with disabilities and/or special educational need and the need for respite.
Families are requested to complete a ‘leave of absence request form’ and provide information as to why it is felt necessary for their child to be taken out of school during term time.
Parents are welcome to discuss any request for a holiday in term time with the head teacher. If however the Head teacher does not authorise the requested leave of absence and parents continue to remove their child on the requested dates, please be aware that the school is required to notify the Local Authority who can potentially impose a £60 penalty.