The Department for Education (DfE) has issued amendments to the regulations around school attendance and the taking of holidays during school term times.
The full details of these amendments are on the DfE website www.education.gov.uk
and please be aware that all schools must comply with these
The DfE makes it very clear that Headteachers cannot authorise any leave of absence, including term time holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any absence without this agreement
will be classed as unauthorised. Unauthorised absences of five or more consecutive days will lead to the issuing of a fixed penalty notice regardless of the student’s previous attendance
record. If authorised, the Headteacher is also able to set a time limit on the leave of absence.
Exceptional circumstances are described as unique or one off events. They might include family emergencies, a sudden change in circumstances or a once in a lifetime opportunity. Visits from
family members or opportunities for discounted holidays will not constitute as exceptional circumstances. Also, in taking any decision to authorise absence a headteacher will also take other factors
into account such as astudent’s attendance record.
This policy is in line with Sheffield City Council guidelines and is common across the Westfield Family of Schools. There will also be a common leave of absence request form available in all our
schools or from the websites. However, please be aware that the regulations mean that these can only be authorised in extreme circumstances
Click here to download a leave of absence request form.