Leave of Absence
Important Notice to all Parents and Carers
The Local Authority has amended its Local Code of Conduct in respect of Penalty Notices issued for truancy to include unauthorised pupil leave of absence in term time. If a pupil accumulates 10 or more sessions (5 days) of unauthorised leave of absence within the previous 6 month period of a current academic year, the school must notify the Local Authority and a Penalty Notice will be issued to each parent for each child where that applies.
A penalty of £60 will apply if paid within 21 days, or £120 up to 28 days. If after 28 days the penalty has not been paid, legal proceedings will be taken through the magistrates court for the unauthorised absence.
In what circumstances could an absence be authorised?
Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’.
Headteachers should examine each case on its merits before making a decision and should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
A request for leave of absence could be considered exceptional in the following circumstances:
- For service personnel and other employees who are prevented from taking leave of absence outside term time at any point in the academic year
- The terminal illness or bereavement of a parent or sibling if the absence is concurrent.
The overriding principle should be that the absence ought not to be authorised if it will have a detrimental effect on the child’s education.