Leave of Absence
Our Attendance Policy can be found at this link. It gives details about applying for a leave of absence for your child if it becomes necessary through extraordinary circumstance to take your child out of school for any period of time. We must state the following:
In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. These regulations also state that holidays cannot be authorised retrospectively. Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made. You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorized. If unpaid this could lead to prosecution under section 444(1) of The Education Act 1996.
Exceptional circumstances might include attending a wedding or a funeral or visiting with relatives who are on leave from the armed forces. Please note: following recent advice from the local authority, we will only authorise 3 days leave for a wedding taking place within the EU – one day for travel to the event, one day for the event, and one day for travel home from the event. We will also require evidence that your child will be attending the wedding, such as an invitation (which we will return to you as soon as your application has been processed). If you apply for leave for a family holiday that cannot be taken outside of term time due to work restrictions, you must provide us with evidence of these restrictions, such as a letter from your employer on company letterhead. We will only authorise 5 days for such an absence.
Please note, the fundamental principles for defining ‘exceptional’ are rare, significant, unavoidable and short. If you request leave of absence on multiple occasions throughout a school year for the same reasons, this would not be considered ‘rare’. The Headteacher will take a student’s previous record of attendance into account when making decisions.
Please ensure you apply for a leave of absence AT LEAST two weeks before the first date your child will not be in school in order to give enough time for processing.
Children who are not of compulsory school age cannot have their absences marked as unauthorised. However, please apply for a leave of absence all the same as this will help us to keep our records clear and ensure we know where your child is when not in school. Compulsory school age begins in the term AFTER a child has turned 5. A child turning 5 on 12th October 2019 will be of compulsory school age from 1st January 2020.
We take safeguarding very seriously at Hady Primary School. If you are concerned that a child is suffering or is at risk of significant harm please contact Call Derbyshire on tel: 01629 533190 immediately.
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