Orchard Park Community Primary School

ABSENCE

It is important that your child attends school for the whole of each term as absence during term time could be detrimental to your child's progress.

 

If your child is absent from school for any unavoidable reason such as sickness, we ask parents/carers to contact the School Office before 9:30 am. This may be done by phone, email, letter or in person.

 

If your child has an appointment during the school day or will arrive late due to an early morning appointment, please notify the class teacher the day before, if possible. Pupils will be signed out at the School Office and signed back in again upon their return. Children will not be permitted to leave school premises on their own during the school day.

 

Term Time Leave of Absence

 

School education lays the vital foundations of a child's life. Research clearly demonstrates the link between regular attendance and educational progress and attainment.

 

On 1st September 2013, the Education (Pupil Regristration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force, changing the rules about term-time holidays.

 

The amendments remove references to family holidays and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of 10 school days.

 

The amendments specify that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless they consider there to be 'exceptional circumstances' for doing so.

 

If you need to ask for time out of school due to exceptional circumstances, please click here for a 'Term Time Leave of Absence' form. Your request will be considered and if appropriate authorised absence will be granted.

 

I regret headteachers are no longer able to authorise leave of absence for family holidays taken during term time.