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4. Authorising absence

The Headteacher may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.


Absence should be authorised if:

  • The pupil is absent for Exceptional Circumstances with permission previously granted by the school (see Appendix below). In authorising such absences the individual circumstances of the particular case and the pupil’s overall pattern of attendance should be considered.
  • The pupil is ill, attending a medical appointment or prevented from attending by any unavoidable cause.
  • The absence occurs on a day exclusively set aside for religious observance by the religious body to which the pupil’s parents belong.
  • There is a family bereavement.
  • The pupil is taking part in public performances as long as a County licence has been granted.
  • It is for an unavoidable medical/ dental appointment (though these should be made, whenever possible, outside school hours.)


If the absence does not comply with these criteria, it will not be authorised and marked as such on the class register.


Absence for Family Holidays

It is vital that you complete an absence request form for any planned absence however, the School will not authorise family holidays during term time except in exceptional circumstances. If your child is absent from school because of a holiday which has not been agreed, this will be classified as an unauthorised absence and you may be fined or legal action taken against you. Holidays which need to take place for exceptional reasons may be authorised provided that the form below is completed and submitted in advance of the absence.