This form should be completed and submitted to the Headmistress before the period of absence.

Absence Notification Form

 

Verification

Notes:
1. This form is to be completed and forwarded to the Headmistress before the period of absence.
2. The Education Act 1996, Part VI, Chapter II.444 states as follows:

(i) If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, her parent is guilty of an offence.
(ii) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

3. The Secretary of States’ guidance on pupil attendance The Department for Education and Skills (DFES) circular no. 10/99 Revised Edition June 2004, is as follows regarding family holidays during term time:

Parents should not normally take pupils on holidays in term.
• Each request for holiday absence should be considered individually, taking account of: the age of the child; the time of year proposed for the trip; its nature and parental wishes; the overall attendance pattern of the pupil; the child’s stage of education and progress.
• If a school does not agree absence and the pupil goes on holiday, absence is unauthorised.
• If parents keep a child away for longer than was agreed, any extra time is recorded as unauthorised.
• Schools may delete from roll a pupil who fails to return within 10 school days of the agreed return date unless there is a good reason for the continued absence, such as illness.
• Schools should only, exceptionally, agree absence of more than 10 school days in a school year (and should not regard 10 days as the norm).