Leave of Absence Form
Important message for parents requesting leave of absence
From September 2014 our school has no option but to follow the government rules regarding penalty notices for unauthorised absence. Many schools introduced this in September 2013 as advised by Leeds City Council. We decided to delay this to support families.
From now on, we will forward any unauthorised requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday in term time to Leeds City Council. They may then decide to issue a penalty notice.
For your information, here is the guidance from Paul Brennan (Leeds City Council Deputy Director LSUS) which was sent by letter to all families in September 2013:
“I would like to advise you about important changes to legislation announced by the Department
for Education (DfE) with regard to holidays in term time.
From 1 September 2013, schools are no longer allowed to authorise any requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time.
Requests for leave can only be granted in exceptional circumstances, and a holiday would not
be considered exceptional. Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as
the DfE have told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken.
Parents may receive a penalty notice if their child is absent from school without permission.
From September 2013 the cost of these notices will be £60 per child per parent if paid within 21
days, and £120 if paid between 22 and 28 days.
We appreciate the challenges that some parents face when booking holidays, particularly during
the school holidays. However, regular attendance at school is vital in helping children and
young people to achieve their full potential and get the best possible start in life.
Nationally, five million school days were missed in the academic year 2011/ 2012 because of
family holidays in term time, which is 10.1 per cent of overall absence in schools. This high level
of absence has led the government to make this important change to legislation. We anticipate that all schools in Leeds will introduce firm policies, and we will work closely with them to ensure that this change to the law has a positive impact on rates of attendance in the city.
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the council and your child’s school to thank you
for your full support in this matter. Further information can be found at www.dfe.gov.uk.”
We understand that this issue still causes families to be upset, but please remember that it is government policy, and we can no longer ignore it. Thank you for your support.
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