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If your child is absent, please inform the school on the first day of absence by telephone or letter.

Tel: 01604 - 413151

Please contact the school on each day that your child is not attending. Thank you.


This Guidance reflects the current legislative framework for parents requesting a leave of absence. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 have amended Regulation 7 of the 2006 Regulations to prohibit the proprietor of a maintained school granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the proprietor and the proprietor considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.

 All leave of absence requests will be unauthorised unless the circumstances are exceptional.  if you believe that you have an exceptional circumstance then you will need to contact the school directly and discuss why it is exceptional. An example that can be given is that during 2012 London Olympics all police leave was cancelled. As a result for that specific timeframe, it was agreed that requests for leave for the children of Police Officers affected by the cancellation of their leave would be treated as exceptional.

Where the Headteacher is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances to warrant the request of the leave of absence but has additional concerns such as the timing of the absence, the pupils' attendance record, then s/he may still not authorise it.

 These absences may be referred to the Education Entitlement Service for consideration and could result in the issue of a fixed penalty notice. In all other cases of unauthorised absence accrued overtime a Warning letter will be issued by the Education Welfare Service prior to a penalty notice. The trigger for a Warning letter will be at least 10 sessions of unauthorised absence. A penalty notice may be issued, subsequent to a Warning letter, if there are a further five sessions or more unauthorised absences. • Please note 1 day equates to 2 sessions.

 Further information can be found by clicking here: Northamptonshire County Council

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