Holiday's During Term Time
Department of education guidelines makes it 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 could 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. Details of the amendments made by the DfE can be found on the DfE website www.education.gov.uk.
Exceptional circumstances are described as unique or one off events. Visits from family members or opportunities for discounted holidays will not constitute as exceptional circumstances. Also, in taking any decision to authorise absence the headteacher will also take other factors into account such as a student’s current attendance level.
This policy is in line with Sheffield City Council guidelines and is common across the Westfield Family of Schools.
Appointments During School Hours
We ask that all appointments such as medical etc are made out of school hours. However, if your child has an appointment they cannot miss or rearrange, evidence of this appointment will need to be seen by the school office. This could be an appointment card or text message.
Click here to download a leave of absence request form.