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Pupil Absence

Day to day pupil absences

Please report the absence to the office as soon as possible. Let us know the child’s name, class and brief explanation for their absence by telephone (leave a message on the answerphone) or in person. Unexplained absences will be followed up by a text message.

Planned absences

If you wish to take your child out of school during term time, then a Pupil Absence Request Form should be completed. This will be reviewed by the Headteacher and a slip returned home to notify whether or not the absence is authorised.

Further information about term time absence and our Absence Policy can be found below.

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006

Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, will come into force on 1 September 2013.

Term-time holiday

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 currently allow headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in “special circumstances” of up to ten school days leave per year. Headteachers can also grant extended leave for more than ten school days in exceptional circumstances.

Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.

Our updated Attendance Policy will reflect these amendments and therefore holidays will not be authorised from September. A copy of our updated policy to reflect the changes is available on the school website. The Policy will be part of the next Full Governing Body agenda in September.

For more information: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/behaviour/attendance/a00223868/regulations-amendments