Parents who want the school to consider granting leave of absence in school term time should complete the request for leave form and send it to the head teacher. The form should be sent to the school in time for the request to be considered well before the desired period of absence. Parents are strongly advised not to finalise any booking arrangements before receiving the school’s decision regarding their request. Head teachers cannot authorise any leave of absence unless the request is received before the period of absence begins.
The Department for Education makes it clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Head teachers now also determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted. There is no automatic right to any leave in term time.
Staffordshire County Council understands the challenges that some parents face when booking holidays particularly during school holidays. However, we believe that, in order to ensure children receive the best education and prospects, that they should be in school during term time.
Each case will be considered individually and on its own merits.
The Local Authority will continue to monitor all school absences during term time and support head teachers in challenging parents who ignore the law.
* Generally the DfE states that parents include all those with day to day responsibility for a child.