16 September 2013
The Governors would like to update you on the new arrangements for applying for leave of absence from school, which came into effect from 1st September 2013.
Pupils attend school for a maximum of 190 days each academic year. Full attendance is vital for your child’s educational progress. Bradford Council expects all parents/guardians to ensure that their children attend school whenever possible. Absences due to holidays, taken during term time can seriously impact on a pupil’s academic attainment. Amendments made to Education (Pupil Registration (England)) Regulations 2006 remove references to family holiday and extended leave, as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make it clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. This does not include holidays. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
Each parent who fails to ensure their children’s regular attendance at school may have to pay a Penalty Fine of £60 (per parent, per child) issued by Bradford Council, if they pay within 28 days; or £120 if they pay within 42 days.
The Governing Body will not authorise any holidays in term time. Leave of absence will only be granted if there are exceptional circumstances. Such circumstances will be determined by the School’s Senior Leadership Team and a member of the Governing body. Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis.
Applications for leave of absence which have already been made for this academic year, fall under these new regulations and so will not be authorised. Anybody who believes their application warrants special consideration, may submit their application on the new form.
Governors realise that this change in the law may, initially, cause some upset and difficulties to some families but know that you will appreciate that the school must act within the regulations set out by the DFE.
Louise Dale Headteacher
Richard Moore Chair of Governors