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What to do if you require your child to take time off during term time

Here at Wells we actively encourage the children to understand the importance of attending school every day.  Should you require your child to take time off during term time due to reasons other than sickness a Request for Leave of Absence form must be completed.


Pupils attend school for a maximum 190 days each academic year.  Full attendance is vital for your child’s educational progress.  The school regards absence as a very serious concern and it is a proven fact there is a clear link between poor attendance at school and lower academic achievement. (Department for Education (DfE),2012).


The DfE (2013) state that leave of absence requests for holidays should not be granted. The school will only grant leave in term time in the most exceptional circumstances for which evidence will be requested.  Request for leave during term time must be applied for in advance. Leave taken without the permission of the Headteacher will be recorded as unauthorised and you may be liable to a Penalty Notice fine of £120 per parent, per child (£60 per parent, per child if paid within 21 days).  The fines will be issued by Redbridge Education Welfare Service.


The form can be downloaded below.