Leave in Term Time

As you may be aware Headteachers are no longer able to authorise your child’s absence due to term time leave. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 do not allow Headteachers to retrospectively authorise leave.

Section 444 of the Education Act 1996 states that:

‘If a child of compulsory school age, who is a registered pupil at a school, fails to attend regularly at the school his/her parent(s) are guilty of an offence’.

Family emergencies need careful consideration. It is not always appropriate or in the best interests of the child to miss school for emergencies which are being dealt with by adult family members. Being at school, friendship with peers and support from staff can provide children with stability. The routine of school offers a safe and familiar background during times of uncertainty.

It is essential for your child to be in school regularly to benefit fully from their educational opportunities. Good attendance will ensure that your child can reach their full potential. To achieve this, your child needs to attend school every day.