Leave of Absence requests

When considering taking your child out of school during term time, we would like to remind you of the DfE legislation brought in during 2013 which states:

“Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.”

In addition to this there are also regulations relating to penalty fines for parents and carers taking children out of school in unauthorised circumstances. These will now be imposed more strictly by the Local Authority.

If you feel you must take your children out of school during term time, you must complete and return a Leave of Absence request form (available from the School Office or by clicking on the link below) – this will in turn be considered by the Headteacher and a decision made. You will be notified once a decision has been reached.



Where leave of absence has not been granted due to a lack of exceptional circumstances, you will receive a standard formal letter on school headed paper (on behalf of Stockton Local Authority) which sets out the legal framework for dealing with unauthorised absence from school – a model template of this letter is included below for your reference.

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