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It is very difficult for children to learn if they are not in school. Regular and punctual attendance ensures that your child is able to make the most of his/her school life, whilst infrequent or late attendance leads to children feeling constantly behind with their schoolwork.​

In accordance with the Education Act 1996, it is the duty of parents/carers to ensure the regular attendance of their child in school. This means that she/he must be in attendance and on time every day unless she/he is ill or there is any other unavoidable cause.

We are always concerned about the amount of school times pupils miss and would ask parents to consider carefully their child's academic progress before booking family holidays in term time.

If your child is poorly or unwell

There will be times when your child is unable to attend school because of unavoidable causes. We ask you to inform school on the first day of absence if your child is unable to attend school. We will also ask you the reasons and expected duration of the absence. 

​If your child is ill we request that you keep them at home until they are feeling better, especially in the case of infectious diseases in line with NHS guidelines.

​Please ensure we have emergency contact details for each parent so that you can be notified if your child becomes ill during the school day. Our staff team also contact families daily when a child is not in school to offer further support and advice.

Term Time Leave of Absence

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 as amended by Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2013 state:

Head Teachers shall not grant any leave of absence during term time unless:

  • An application has been made in advance, by the parent with whom the child normally resides AND
  • They consider there to be exceptional circumstances relating to the application.

It is not possible to produce a list of what is considered an exceptional circumstance. All requests are treated on an individual basis.

Examples of circumstances that may not be considered exceptional are:

  • Availability of cheap holidays and cheap travel arrangements
  • Days overlapping with the beginning or end of term


To make an application for leave of absence during term time, the form below must be completed and submitted to the Executive Head Teacher at least two weeks in advance of the requested dates giving detailed reasons for the request.

Applications cannot be granted retrospectively.