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Important Reminders About School Attendance

24 May 2022 (by admin)

Parents / carers are reminded that the school cannot authorise absence during term time for holidays.

We are currently noticing a significant increase in the number of parents / carers requesting absence for holidays in school term time.

Parents / carers are reminded that holidays must not be taken in term time and that that due to government legislation the school cannot grant leave of absence for family holidays.

Taking holidays during the school term will be recorded as unauthorised absence and the school will refer all such cases onto the local authority (Staffordshire County Council) who may administer a penalty fine.

Any planned absence from school can only be granted in exceptional circumstances.

The following are examples of exceptional circumstance:

To allow a pupil to return to their country of origin for family, religious or cultural reasons.

Unavoidable circumstances - for example the parent / carer has inflexible leave allocation and evidence of this is provided by the employer.

There has been bereavement or serious illness in the family and a leave of absence is deemed appropriate.

Leave of absence connected to children of service personnel.

The school recognises the difficult circumstances many families are in regarding the cost of holidays in peak periods and issues left over from the pandemic, but the government guidance is clear - these holidays cannot be authorised and penalty fines may be issued.

Please also note that non urgent medical appointments such as dental checks or opticians appointments must be arranged outside the hours of the school day or in school holidays.