If learners are to get the greatest benefit from their education in school, it is important that they have good attendance and arrive punctually. As learners grow and prepare for their next stages of education and employment they need to see good attendance and punctuality as important qualities that are valued by others and employers. At Brackenwood Junior School, we will do all that we can to encourage good attendance and punctuality. Where learners are not conforming to our high expectations for attendance and punctuality we will put into place effective strategies to bring about improvement.
We discourage parents from withdrawing their children from school during term time. Amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulation 2006 removed references to family holiday and extended leave. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
If leave of absence is required due to possible exceptional circumstances parents must complete an “Application for Leave During Term Time” form.
The form must be returned to school at least 2 weeks in advance of the proposed leave and before committing to any expense. School will inform parents in writing of the decision for authorised/unauthorised within 1 week of receiving the application.