Since the amendment to The Education Regulations 2013 regarding leave of absence, we have continued to receive a number of requests to take children out of school during term time.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that this legislation makes it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
Any request must be submitted in advance of the desired period of absence and will be considered on its individual merits. Request for Leave of Absence Forms can be obtained from the school office. Unless there is evidence of exceptional circumstances for the request, the leave of absence will not be granted.
In line with Worcestershire County Council guidance, if the request is not approved, but still taken, the absence will be recorded as “unauthorised” and parents/carers may be subject to a penalty notice fine of £60 payable per parent, per child, increasing to £120 each if not paid within 21 days. If this fine is not paid within 28 days this may lead to court proceedings.
We realise that the vast majority of parents do not take family holidays in term time and we hope that you will continue to support us with this.
Miss D J West