We hope this page will be helpful and answer most of your queries about requesting an absence from school. Please click on the images below for more information.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact the Attendance Team



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Application for  Leave of Absence during Term Time

If you wish to request permission for your child to be absent from school to take part in a family holiday, you must apply in writing by completing the "Application Form for Leave of Absence from School during Term Time".

Permission for authorised leave of absence may be granted for holidays totalling no more than 5 days in any school year (unless there are very exceptional circumstances). Please note the school year is from September to July.

Click on the image on the left to download an application form. This form should be returned to school as far in advance of the proposed holiday as possible.

Before completing the form, please read the notes below carefully.

The Law

The law states that you do not have the right to take your child out of school for holidays during term time. The Local Education Authority works with schools to reduce the number of children missing school because of holidays taken in term time, and schools can refuse your request to take your child out of school.

The Department for Children Schools and Families state that absence for holidays in term time due to the following reasons will not be authorised:

  • Availability of cheap holidays
  • Availability of desired accommodation
  • Poor weather experienced in the school holiday period
  • Overlap with the beginning or end of a term
  • Holidays booked before checking with the school
  • Family days out.
Other Factors to Consider

There are certain times of the year when a child may experience problems because of missing school. These include examination periods, at the time of starting a new school and at the start of a new school term. In deciding whether to authorise your child's absence and give permission for a holiday in term time, the school will take these and other factors into account.

If your Application is Refused
If the school refuse your application and you still take your child out of school, the absence will be treated as unauthorised. Unauthorised absences may lead to a Penalty Notice or a Summons being issued against you for irregular school attendance.
What happens to your Request for Leave of Absence

Click on the image to view the decision making process involved after we have received your request.

The flow chart also contains information on what happens if we do not receive a request for permission to take your child out of school.





The Attendance Team

The Attendance Team is led by Mr Rob Derry, Senior Vice Principal.

Details of others members of the team can be viewed by clicking on the image below.

Contacting the Team

0115 964 7640 (option 1)
or extension 4092


More Information

Please click on the images below for more information.

Consequences of missing school

School attendance

Problems at school

Child employment