We know that most parents understand the importance of regular attendance at school during term time. Studies show that there is a negative impact on those children who miss lengthy periods of school and the Government has introduced new legislation to tackle persistent and unauthorised absence.
On 1 September 2013 there was a change in the law that now means that schools should not authorise leave of absence for children to be taken out of school, except in exceptional circumstances. An application for leave of absence must be made to the Headteacher in advance and the Headteacher must consider that there are exceptional circumstances relating to that application in order for the absence to be authorised.
Faith group leaders were consulted regarding the change and parents should be aware that family weddings and religious festivals are not considered to be exceptional circumstances and leave of absence will therefore not be authorised in these cases.
Where there is evidence that unauthorised holidays have been taken, Leicester City Council's Education Welfare Officer will issue Penalty Notices; parents will be liable to prosecution if the Penalty Notice is not paid within 28 days.
You can read more about the changes to the regulations on the Department for Education website.
As a result of this change in law our school's Attendance Policy has been reviewed by the Governing Body. You can download a copy of the policy below.
If you have any concerns about this matter and wish to discuss it further with us, please contact the office to make an appointment.
Applying for leave of absence
Parents who wish to apply for permission to take their child out of school during term time should write to the Headteacher, in advance, giving details of the proposed length of absence and the reason for it.
The Headteacher will consider the application, but permission will only be granted under exceptional circumstances.