“The Department of Education has made amendments to the 2006 regulations. These make it clear that Head Teachers may NOT grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. In light of these changes, parents and carers need to be aware that it will no longer be possible to authorise leave of absence unless the exceptional circumstances have been explained. Reasons such as “cheaper in term time” or “more convenient” are no longer acceptable.

Applying for Holidays

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 and the accompanying guidance make it clear that parents/carers do not have legal right to take their child out of school for holidays in term time.

Applying for Leave of Absence

The law states that an application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances.
  • Requests for leave of absence should be sent to the school by the parents the child normally lives with, no less than 14 days prior to the start of the period of absence unless there is an emergency.
  • Failure to fill in a leave of absence request form may result in legal sanctions being taken against the parents(s).
St Mewan CP School will consider:
  • The age of your child and stage of their education.
  • The length of time absence requested.
  • The nature of the circumstance, such as trauma or death within the immediate family where an immediate leave of absence may help the child deal better with the situation.
  • Any other exceptional reasons.
  • Court orders or the involvement of other agencies.
  • Previous similar requests.

If the school refuses a request for term-time leave and the child is still taken out of school, this will be recorded as unauthorised absence. The school will not consider more than one leave of absence request per academic year, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Consistency of Approach

To ensure a consistency of approach towards requests for leave of absence during term-time, Governors will sample and review requests on a termly basis.