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Requests for Exceptional Leave during Term Time

Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life.

  • Children must attend school regularly to achieve their potential.
  • Children who miss out on school can feel vulnerable and left behind.
  • Family requested absence in term time is very disruptive and can seriously affect your child's education.
  • On average, children who miss 17 or more days in a school year lose one full grade in their GSCE's.
  • Unauthorised absences can lead to a fine.

The Law

All children between the ages of five and sixteen are required by law to receive an education, and it is the duty of the parents and carers to ensure that they do.


By law, parents must ask permission for their child/ren to miss school in advance.  If not, they risk being issued with a penalty notice.  When a school doesn't give permission, the absence is unauthorised and will be recorded on your child/ren's register.

The Government issued amendments to the school attendance regulations which came into force from September 2013.  From September 2013 a Headteacher may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances; a family holiday would not be classed as exceptional circumstances.  

Requesting extended leave in term time

If a parent/carer wishes to put in a request for extended leave from school, please download the form below or request a copy from the school office.  Complete the form and return it to school.  Parents/carers will receive a written response from the school within 10 working days.  If the leave of absence request is not considered to be exceptional circumstances, it will be declined by the school.  The application form will be returned to parents/carers stating this.  If the leave is still taken despite the request not being authorised, a referral may be made to the Local Authority Attendance Team, which could lead to parents/carers incurring a fixed penalty fine of up to £120.