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Attendance Matters

Guide for Parents

Term Time Leave of Absence


The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 as amended by Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2013 state:


Head Teachers shall not grant any leave of absence during term time unless:

  • An application has been made in advance, by the parent with whom the child normally resides AND
  • They consider there to be exceptional circumstances relating to the application.


It is not possible to produce a list of what is considered an exceptional circumstance. All requests are treated on an individual basis.


Examples of circumstances that may not be considered exceptional are:

  • Availability of cheap holidays and cheap travel arrangements
  • Days overlapping with the beginning or end of term


To make an application for leave of absence during term time, the form below must be completed and submitted to the Head Teacher at least two weeks in advance of the requested dates giving detailed reasons for the request.

Applications cannot be granted retrospectively.

All Saints' Leave of Absence Request Form

DfE Guide for parents and carers on school attendance

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