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All children of compulsory school age have a right to receive full-time education.

Every school has a legal responsibility to provide full-time education for all of its pupils.

Parents and carers must ensure that their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly.  Occasionally, and in exceptional circumstances, a reduced timetable can be arranged. 

Holidays during school time

The Department of Education has made amendments to the 2006 regulations.  These make it clear that Head Teachers may not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  In the light of these changes parents and carers need to be aware that it will no longer be possible to authorise Leave of Absence unless the exceptional circumstances have been explained.  Reasons such as "cheaper in term time" or "more convenient" are no longer acceptable.

For more information please see:

When completing this form please give some thought to the 'exceptional circumstances' that you feel make it necessary for you to take your child out of school during term time.  This may include your child’s behaviour, medical condition or complex needs.

In order to counteract the effects of missed teaching and learning, please suggest some activities that your child would enjoy completing whilst they are away.  This may involve anything from bringing back a memento of a place they have visited, to keeping a diary of their time away, etc.

Reasons for a school and parent/carer agreeing to a reduced timetable could include:

  • Medical reasons - where a pupil has a serious medical condition where recovery is the priority outcome.
  • As part of a short-term support package where a pupil is struggling in the school setting, perhaps with behaviour.
  • As part of a planned reintegration into school following an extended absence following, for example, exclusion, non-attendance or school refusal. 
  • If a child/young person has an Education, Health and Care Plan any consideration of a reduced timetable must include the Local Authority. In the case of a reduced timetable, the school remains responsible for the educational provision.

For further information on part time attendance for learners of statutory school age, please click on the links below.

Leave of Absence in exceptional circumstances can be requested from the Headteacher. Please carefully read this page prior to completing the form.


** Please refer to the SEN section of our website, in regards to flexi school/reduced timetables**

Please be aware that, if the Head of School does not authorise your requested Leave of Absence and you continue to remove your child on the requested dates, the school is legally required/could impose a £60.00 fine.

Leave Of Absence Form

This form must be completed by the Parent / Carer and forwarded to the Head of School a minimum of two weeks before the requested Leave of Absence is taken.