There is a discretionary power held by the Headteacher to authorise absence in ‘exceptional circumstances’. If parents/carers feel they have an exceptional circumstance, permission must be sought from the Headteacher prior to making any arrangements or taking any absence. Parent/carers should be aware that this is a request and not an entitlement.
A family holiday is not considered to be an ‘exceptional circumstance’.
Please note: The Headteacher will not authorise an absence if is believed it is to the detriment of a child’s education (i.e. when pupils are taking their GCSE or A Level exams).
If a request is authorised, parents/carers are required to ensure their child catches up on any missed school work. This is the responsibility of parents/carers and the school is not obliged to provide work to complete.
Any unauthorised absence will be recorded on the student’s attendance record. Parents/carers should be aware that his may result in legal proceedings against them, either through a Penalty Notice Fine or the Magistrates’ Court.
If you wish to discuss matters prior to submitting a request, please attend Headteacher’s Surgery to discuss further.