Attendance and holidays in term time
The Department for Education expects schools and local authorities to promote good attendance and reduce absences, including persistent absence. This is because we know that missing out on lessons leaves children/young people vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary schools.
As a school we work incredibly hard to support all children and their families so as to ensure that all children have good attendance. Children attend extremely well at Matlock Bath Holy Trinity and with the support of parents, our attendance figures for all groups is above the national average – thank you.
Amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 which came into force on 1st September 2013 made it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Our Attendance Policy and national guidance clearly states that holidays should be taken within school holidays and parents should avoid seeking to take children out of school during term time.
Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence for holidays during the term time unless there are exceptional circumstances; in these cases it is the Head Teacher who determines the number of days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
For the school to comply with the law, we are unable to approve requests for leave of absence for reasons that are not considered to be special or exceptional.
Some examples of any exceptional circumstances where leave may be granted during term time are as follows:
Where there are exceptional and unforeseen circumstances that fall outside of the above, the Headteacher agrees to consult with the governing body prior to any authorisation being given to the parent. Evidence would be required in each case.
Parents needing leave of absence for exceptional circumstances should complete a form at least two weeks before the anticipated start date. The reason for the request should be given in detail. Applications should be made before the leave is arranged as absences will not be granted retrospectively. The forms can be collected from the school office or downloaded by clicking on the document below.
This is Government policy which schools are legally required to uphold. Parents who take their children on holiday without permission will incur unauthorised absences for their child. Parents could be issued with a fixed penalty notice and/or court action which is actioned by Derbyshire County Council, not school.
School Attendance - The Law - Information for Parents - Click here
Please see the Derbyshire County Council Good Attendance poster. Click here
If you have any questions about this, please pop in and speak with Mr Layhe-Humphreys.
Our policy and request forms are below. Please print off the form and complete or call into the office for a copy.