Grant for Leave of Absence Under Extreme Circumstances
The school term dates are published a year in advance and we therefore do not see any reason for parents to take family holidays during term time. Amendments to the 2006 Education Act states that:
‘Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.’
From September 2018 there has been a change to Bolton’s code of conduct regarding penalty notice fines for irregular attendance at school, including unauthorised holidays. The criteria for issuing a penalty notice has been reduced and a fine will be considered where a pupil has had 10 sessions (equivalent of five days – consecutive or otherwise) of unauthorised absence over the period of two consecutive half terms.
If your request is declined and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household can be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.
Any request for absence should be presented in writing to the school office for consideration, addressed to the Head of School – Mrs R Driver.
If you would like more information please contact our attendance officer:-
Mrs S Barlow