Leave of Absence Requests
Family Holidays - Leave of Absence
Amendments have been made to the 2006 regulations in the Education (Pupil Registration)(England)(Amendment) Regulations 2013. These amendments, as described below, will come into force on 1 September 2013.
Term-time Holiday - The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 allowed headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of a family holiday during term time in 'special circumstances' of up to 10 days per year. Headteachers could also grant extended leave for more than ten days in exceptional circumstances.
Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of 10 days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
If you do need to take your child out of school during term time you must complete a 'Request for leave of absence' form, which should be sent to school as far in advance of the event as possible. The Headteacher will then determine whether the circumstances are exceptional.