Being in school every day that it is open, is important to your child’s achievement, wellbeing, and their wider development.
“From the first day of term to the last, the small moments in a school day make a real difference to your child. #AttendanceCounts”
If permission is refused and you keep your child off school on the days requested, you are likely to be committing an offence and be issued a fixed penalty notice or be prosecuted by your local authority. Should you decide to take your child out of school for a holiday we still require you to complete an , which is available from the school office.
Family requests for holidays for family weddings or to see relatives are not deemed to be exceptional circumstances, the availability of cheap flights or holidays are also not deemed to be exceptional circumstances. The onus is always on the parents to provide evidence to support applications for leave of absence.
“The link between attendance and attainment is clear: In 2018/19, just 40% of persistently absent (PA) children in KS2 achieved expected KS2 standards, compared with 84% of pupils who were regular attenders.”
“But attendance is important for more than just attainment: Regular school attendance can facilitate positive peer relationships, which is a protective factor for mental health and wellbeing.”