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Pupil Absence

The headteacher will only grant a leave of absence to pupils during term time if they consider there to be 'exceptional circumstances'. A leave of absence is granted at the headteacher’s discretion.

DFE guidelines make clear that leave of absence during term-time should be regarded as exceptional.

There are 175 non-school days in which holidays can be taken.

The Local Authority expects schools to not grant any period of leave during term-time unless sufficient evidence to support an exceptional circumstance is provided by the parents.

The school considers each application for term-time absence individually, taking into account the specific facts, circumstances and relevant context behind the request. When reaching a judgement of whether an exceptional circumstance has been met, the Headteacher can discuss with the Education & Inclusion Service for advice but not for a decision.