Millfield Primary School

Staffordshire County Council - Changes to Penalty Notices for Absence from School


Please click here to read full details regarding the Changes to Penalty Notices for Absence from School that came into affect from 1st January 2018

Governors are currently reviewing and updating the Attendance Policy in line with this guidance.


In order to maintain our very good pupil attendance levels we would remind all parents / carers of the need for all children to attend school every day unless there is an unavoidable reason for absence. If your child has to be absent for whatever reason parents / carers must contact the school as soon as possible on the first morning of their absence.

Parents are reminded that due to government legislation head teachers cannot grant leave of absence for family holidays during term time. Any holidays which are taken during term time must be recorded by the school as unauthorised absence and this may result in the issuing of a Penalty Notice by the Local Authority. 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.

Absence from school can be requested through completion of a Leave of Absence form which is available in the school office or by clicking here.

A copy of our attendance policy can be found by clicking here.