The Department for Education’s has changed the guidance on holidays in term time. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances and that it is for Headteachers to decide what those exceptional circumstances are. For example, where there has been a family bereavement.*
Should a parent decide to take any leave of absence in term time, this will be unauthorised and a penalty notice may be issued. From September 2013, penalty notices amount to £60 per parent, per child for unauthorised periods of absence and must be paid within 21 days or this will increase to £120 within 28 days
Please put any requests for absence during term time, that are exceptional circumstances, in an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regular and punctual attendance is vitally important to your child's education and progress. We monitor attendance closely.
Each week the class with the highest attendance is awarded a certificate to recognise their efforts in becoming Haydonleigh Attendance Heroes!
We recognise individual pupil's attendance in our end of year assembly where certificates are awarded to the children.
Every day counts! Click here to see how lost days add up!
*Announcement from the DfE on 26th October 2014 in response to recent news items:
- Term-time holidays should only be granted in exceptional circumstance.
- There is no plan at all to change the policy & no u-turn.
- Headteachers have always been able to decide what exceptional circumstances are.
Click here to download Haydonleigh Primary School's Attendance Policy
Covid update (extract from the letter from Mrs Billinge - 11 June 2021
I have recently taken a common-sense approach concerning the many requests for a holiday in term time. I fully appreciate the issues that the pandemic has caused with rearranging travel etc. However, from September I will not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any request for leave must be made in writing. A response will be returned indicating whether the leave is authorised. Any absence not authorised may be liable to a local authority penalty notice.