The school should be notified of all absences, in the case of medical appointments, either by telephone, letter or personal contact before 9.20am on the day of absence. The StudyBugs app is the preferred way to do this. StudyBugs app link Appointments for the doctor or dentist should be arranged out of school time if possible. After any absence it is necessary that a phone call or a letter of explanation be sent on the child's return to school. Unexplained absence is recorded as unauthorised and noted on the child's record.
The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 prohibits Headteachers granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Headteacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application. Each case will be judged on its merits in line with certain considerations as outlined in guidance from the DFE.
Applications for absence may only normally be authorised for the following reasons:
Days of religious observance
Interviews for transfer to other schools
Participation in approved public performances;
To attend an exceptional, family occasion such as weddings, funerals, graduations of close family members.
Parents should not normally take their children on holiday in term time. There is no legal right to do so. If the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken anyway the Education Welfare Service may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school.
For school holiday dates, please see the Term Dates section.