The Local Authority has provided guidance on government changes to the granting of leave of absence for a child during term time. Leave of absence can only be granted in ‘exceptional circumstances’ (detailed below). A family holiday is not considered an acceptable circumstance:
Exceptional circumstances could include:
- Service personnel returning from a tour of duty abroad where it is evidenced the individual will not be in receipt of any leave in the near future that coincides with school holidays.
- Where an absence from school is recommended by a health professional as part of a parent or child’s rehabilitation from a medical or emotional issue.
- The death or terminal illness of a person close to the family.
- To attend a wedding or funeral of a person close to the family.
- Where there are exceptional and unforeseen circumstances that fall outside of 1 to 4 above, the Headteacher agrees to consult with the principal education welfare officer prior to any authorisation being given to the parent. The principal education welfare officer will discuss each case with an independent Headteacher and will make a recommendation to the referring school.
Evidence will be required in each case. For detailed information concerning absence from school for exceptional reasons please click on the links below