The Governors have reviewed and updated the school’s Attendance Policy to bring it in to line with regulations that were introduced from September 2014. The most significant change being that Heads can no longer authorise holiday leave. The policy says, The headteacher may grant leave of absence during term time if there are exceptional circumstances. The Headteacher should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted. Any application will be considered against the pupil’s attendance record, family circumstances and timing with regard to assessments and examinations. Failure to do so could result in referral to the Education Welfare Service who may issue a Penalty Notice of £120 (£60 if paid in 28 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school.
Leave of Absence request forms have been re-introduced and must be accompanied by a supporting letter.