Absences in school time are discouraged because of the detrimental effect it has on a child’s education. It is always difficult for a child to make up for lost time after an absence and can leave them feeling confused in lessons on their return. The Headteacher is no longer able to authorise requests for absence in term time unless there are exceptional mitigating circumstances. Absence request forms, for exceptional circumstances, can be obtained from school as soon as possible, but no later than 3 weeks in advance of the first day of absence.
Absences that coincide with examinations or tests cannot be authorised. If a request is refused and the child(ren) taken out of school regardless, the parents will be breaking the law and the absence has to be marked as unauthorised.