Shaftesbury High School

Shaftesbury High School

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Legislation - Leave of Absence in Term Time

The Government legislation relating specifically to the authorisation of leave in term time which came into force on 1st September 2013.  This decision was made to encourage schools to take a firmer stance on unnecessary absence and to dispel the myth held by many parents that there is an entitlement to time off school for holidays in term time.  

Effective from 1st September 2013 Headteachers cannot authorise any leave of absence during term time unless they are satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances to warrant the granting of leave. Leave is unlikely to be granted for the purposes of a family holiday as a norm.

We hope that all parents will acknowledge and understand the limitations placed on school in granting any leave in term time.  Therefore, we need parents to support the school in our efforts to reduce unnecessary absence and thus minimise the impact on the education of our pupils. Please contact your child's keyworker if you wish to discuss this further. 

For more information please use the link below to visit the GOV.UK website.

https://www.gov.uk/school-attendance-absence