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Absences from school

Absences are only allowed for specific reasons. These include situations where your child:

  • is ill;
  • has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment;
  • is taking part in a religious event;
  • has an exceptional family circumstance, for example, a wedding or funeral.

Children are not allowed to be absent because of, for example:

  • birthdays
  • visiting relatives
  • shopping
  • a hair appointment
  • looking after other members of the family.

If you know your child is going to be absent, you must tell the school in advance with full details.

Term-time holiday

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 have removed the reference to holidays during term time and now provides that a leave of absence during term time will only be granted where an application is made in advance to the school and the school consider that the leave of absence should be granted due to exceptional circumstances relating to that application.

What amounts to "exceptional circumstances" is a matter for the discretion of the Head Teacher and should be judged on a case by case basis but it is unlikely to amount to an exceptional circumstance if it is merely claimed that a holiday abroad can only be afforded in term time or that a parent is unable to take leave during school holidays.

LCC has revised the Code of Conduct for issuing Fixed Penalty Notices which includes the above information. This will be sent to schools for consultation early September 13.

Absences during exam and test times should be avoided

If your child doesn't return by the agreed date the school may consider taking them off the school role.

Prolonged absences abroad may affect your child benefits.

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Last updated: 6 September 2016

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