Medical / Dental Appointments
Medical and dental appointments should be made outside of school hours. Where this is not possible, the pupil should be out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary for the appointment. The school should be informed in advance of any medical or dental appointments taken during school hours in writing. Otherwise the absence may be recorded as ‘unauthorised absence’.
Family Holidays during Term Time
Parents are not allowed to take children out for family holidays during term time. From 1 September 2013 School Attendance Regulations prohibit any school from authorising leave of absence for holidays except in exceptional circumstances. If the Head teacher grants a leave request, it will be for them to determine the length of time that the child can be away from school. This leave is unlikely, however, to be granted for the purposes of a family holiday. Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time without consent from the school.
It is not possible to define exceptional circumstances, but examples of what might be considered as such are:
- Service personnel returning from/scheduled to embark upon a tour of duty abroad.
- Where a holiday is recommended as part of a parent or child’s rehabilitation from a medical or emotional issue. Evidence must be provided, from qualified professionals, such as a doctor.
The interpretation of ‘exceptional circumstances’ will have different parameters from one case to another, and whilst it is important to look at the whole situation in making decisions about any individual request, the normality will be that requests will be refused. The request for leave of absence must be done in writing at least 2 weeks prior the leave is to take place, using the school’s ‘Application for Leave of Absence’ form (see appendix 1) . The Head teacher will decide whether the leave of absence can be authorised and will contact the parent to inform them of the outcome. Even where there are exceptional circumstances, no holiday requests will be granted during any period of external examinations (the month of May for Year 2 and Year 6 pupils, the month of June for Year 1 pupils).