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Absence Requests

The Government has amended the 2006 regulations regarding permission for leave of absence during term time. As an Academy we subscribe to the governments position on attendance and fully support the new regulations.

The amendments 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. Further information can be gained from the link below.

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

In practice this means that no permission for absence due to holidays will be authorised in term time. There will thus be no holiday request forms issued. Any other requests will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances with all requests for absence addressed to the relevant Head of Year in the first instance.

‘It is important for parents/carers to note that once Poole Grammar School have requested that the Local Authority issue a Fixed Penalty Notice for a period of unauthorised leave in term time, you will not have the opportunity to discuss this matter further with the Local Authority.  Any queries or discussions should be had prior to, or at the time of, requesting the leave.’