Holidays - Exceptional leave of absence in term time
Q: What must I do if I wish to request exceptional leave of absence ?
A: Fill in this form and return it to school at least 2 weeks in advance of the first day of the proposed absence.
Q: Why must I ask for the school’s permission?
A: By law your child should be in school for 190 days of the year. However, in exceptional circumstances only, the school may give discretionary leave of up to 5 days in any academic year (Sept-July). This is not automatic and can only be granted in exceptional circumstances and must be applied for in advance.
Q: What happens if the request for exceptional leave is denied?
A: The absence will be marked as unauthorised on your child’s attendance record and could be referred to the Education Welfare Officer who will consider issuing a fixed penalty notice.
* Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of 10 days. The amendments make clear that Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Head Teachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
Holiday form (leave of absence form)
Please pick the leave of absence form from the reception area, download it from the school website or from the school office. Please note Y6 children will be expected to be in school for SAT week 9th May 2016 and no holidays will be granted in this period.
You can claim free school meals for a child who lives with you and who you are responsible for.
Your claim will be automatically processed if you receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction and get any of the qualifying benefits.
Your child is eligible for Free School Meals if you get one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190 (as of 2014 financial year) as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
All children in Key Stage 1 will be entitled to Universal Free School Meals from September 2014.
However, as pupil premium is an important payment for schools - and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in school - it is important that you still apply if your child is in Key Stage 1. If your child is in Key Stage 1 and you do not apply, your child's school will not be able to claim the appropriate child premium and will have less money to spend on supporting children in school.
General guidance on showing childrens' photographs on the website
The school will only publish photographs of childrens' work on the school Twitter feed with the child's class and name as no photographs of children will be tweeted. A letter has been sent out to all parents (see below) detailing that if you would like your child to publish photos of your child around school and publish photographs online then they will need to opt in and give written consent to allow this to happen. If the consent form isn't sent back into school, the school will not publish any photos of your child which means they will not be on class photos that are due to be displayed on the website/around school or will not be evident on the school blog when the Y6 children go to Whitby. If you opt into this and then decide further down the line that you want to remove your child from having their photographs displayed, please pop into the school office and let them know. Please return this form as soon as you can to the school office so that the list of children can be populated. You will only be asked to do this once while your child is in our school (from now on) as it will last them until they leave in Y6.
Medical Information and relevant forms
Below is the relevant information regarding administering medicines in school. The consent form will need to be completed and returned to the school office. Please read the medicines policy to see what medicines we can and cannot deliver.
Letter to parents about medicines
Consent Form for Medicines