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Absence from School

Request to authorise absence from school due to exceptional circumstances

Schools are only able to authorise absence from school in exceptional circumstances. In making a request for an authorised absence from school you will need to explain why the circumstances are exceptional.

Please note: There is no general right to authorise absence for a family holiday. If you take your child out of school without permission the absence will be unauthorised and we will consider legal action.

You are advised not to make any arrangements until your request has been considered.

To the headteacher, I wish to apply for

I am the parent/carer with whom the pupil normally resides. The information I have given on this form is correct.

Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 have been amended (as of 1 September 2013) to prohibit the proprietor (headteacher) of a maintained school granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the proprietor considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.


Request approved for _____ number of days

A personal discussion with you is requested. Please contact the school office to arrange.

Request not approved as the circumstances are not considered to constitute an exceptional reason and/or the impact of this absence will affect your child’s educational progress.

PLEASE NOTE: This leave of absence form serves as a Penalty Notice Warning letter to parent/carers. Any unauthorised absence during this period of time may be subject to a penalty notice for non attendance being issued.

Mrs Miffling, Acting Headteacher

Date: _____________________

Current attendance rate: _________

Code for SIMS: _______

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