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Requesting Leave of Absence

Further to the Attendance Policy – please read below information in regards to Requesting Leave of Absence

The Education (Pupil registration) (England) regulations state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

The following are examples of agreed exceptional circumstances to guide Headteachers when considering leave of absence requests.

Before deciding whether to authorise leave of absence Headteachers will consider

  • The impact on the student’s academic progress of any absence
  • The pupils attendance over the academic year
  • Whether the leave falls within any key stage national tests or exams.

Examples of exceptional circumstances where leave may be granted during term time:

  • Funeral of parent, grandparent or sibling – Headteachers should use their discretion having heard from parents about travel and funeral arrangements and taking into account the distance to be travelled
  • Sudden loss of housing through eviction or domestic violence – up to a maximum of 3 days.
  • Serious illness of a close relative – only if Headteacher is satisfied that the circumstances are truly exceptional
  • Out of school programmes such as music, arts or sport operating at a high standard of achievement and agreed by the LA – as appropriate
  • Time-off relating to Child Entertainment Performances, subject to a license being issued by Education.

There is no legal entitlement for leave in school time to go on holiday and in the majority of cases holiday will not be authorised.

School opening and closing Times


Nursery AM:  08:30 or 09:00 – 11:30

Nursery PM:  12:30 – 3:00pm or 3:30pm

All day provision is available at a cost.


8:40 am – Gate opens

9:00 – gate closes

11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch time

3:00pm – end of school

KEY STAGE 1 (Years 1 & 2)

8:40 am – Gate opens

9:00 – gate closes

10:30 – 10:45 – Break

11:45 – 12:45 – Year 1 lunch

12:00 – 1:00pm – Year 2 lunch

Flexi-break in the afternoon

3:15pm – Year 1 & 2 end of school

KEY STAGE 2 (Years 3 – 6)

8:30 am – Gate opens

8:55 – gate closes

11:00 – 11:15 – Break

12:15 – 1:15pm – Lunch Break

3:15pm – End of school

Parent Participation

Parent participation is the ingredient that makes the difference. Parents’ active involvement with their child’s education at home and in school brings great rewards and has can have a significant impact on their children’s child’s lives. According to research studies, the children of involved parents:

  • are absent less frequently
  • behave better
  • do better academically

Research also shows that a home environment that encourages learning is even more important than parents’ income, education level, or cultural background. By actively participating in their child’s education at home and in school, parents send some critical messages to their child; they’re demonstrating their interest in his/her activities and reinforcing the idea that school is important.

  • Role of parents link.