Request for leave in exceptional circumstances

The Headteacher may only grant leave of absence for exceptional circumstances.

Examples of any exceptional circumstances where leave may be granted during term time are as follows:

  • If a parent is service personnel and is returning from a tour of duty abroad where it is evidenced the individual will not be in receipt of any leave in the near future that coincides with school holidays.
  • Where an absence from school is recommended by a health professional as part of a parent or child’s rehabilitation from a medical or emotional issue.
  • The death or terminal illness of a close relative. 
  • Out of school programmes such as music, arts or sport operating at a high standard of achievement. Documentary evidence of this event will be required.
  • Religious observance – The Education Act 1996 S444(3) (c), states ‘’on any day exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which his/her parent belongs’’.
  • To attend a wedding or funeral of a close relative.  
  • In difficult family situations the Headteacher may use his/her discretion in granting leave and each case should be addressed on its individual merits, taking into account the overall welfare of the child.
Should any of the above apply, please complete the exceptional leave form below.

Application for Leave of Absence in Exceptional Circumstances

Holidays In Term Time:

Taking holidays in term time will affect a child’s schooling as much as any other absence.

Parents wishing to take their child on holiday during termtime should in the first instance complete the application for leave of  absence form (see above).

here is no automatic entitlement in law to time off in school time to go on holiday.

Amendments to the 2006 regulations make clear that the Headteacher may not grant any leave of absence for this during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

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