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Authorised absence

You must have authorisation to take your child out of school. On 1 September 2013 there was be a change in the law that means that schools should not authorise leave of absence except in exceptional circumstances.

An application for leave of absence must be made to the Headteacher in advance by the parent/carer and the Headteacher must consider that there are exceptional circumstances relating to that application in order for the absence to be authorised.

Where there is evidence that unauthorised holidays have been taken, Leicester City Council's Education Welfare Officer will issue Penalty Notices:

  • £60 per child, per parent, if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice;
  • £120 per child, per parent, if paid within 28 days.

Parents will be liable to prosecution if the Penalty Notice is not paid within 28 days. You can read more about these important changes on the Department for Education website using the link below.

As a result of this change in law our school's Attendance Policy was reviewed by the Governing Body; you can download a copy of our Attendance Policy using the link above.