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Attendance and Absence

Sickness and Absence

Parents should inform the School Office if their child is sick and absent from school. For certain types of illness, the School Office will give advice, based on Public Health England guidance, in relation to when your child should return to school (see below).

Diarrhoea and Vomiting

Primary schools typically have a ‘48 hours rule’ in relation to diarrhoea and vomiting. In that respect, they are simply following NHS guidelines and Public Health England Guidance 2016, which recommends that children should be kept away from school, nursery or childcare settings for 48 hours ‘from their last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting.’ (Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Childcare Settings 2016, p6) and earlier guidance from the NHS and Public Health England. Gledhow has followed this guidance and procedure for several years and our position is supported by our Community Health Nurses as part of our duty of care to other children.

Public Health England Guidance

Leave of Absence Requests

Education is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the DCSF has recommended that holidays should not be taken in term time.

This school follows Government guidance when deciding whether to authorise holidays during term time.  The DCSF guidance states:

“Under the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 2006, head teachers are able to

authorise absence for the purpose of family holidays during term time. Save in exceptional

circumstances a parent shall not be granted more than ten school days leave of absence

in any school year. It is for head teachers to determine if the request is reasonable. Each

request can only be judged on a case by case basis and we expect that head teachers will

use their discretion sparingly. Head teachers should not fetter their discretion by applying

policies (for example, blanket bans) which prevent assessment of each application on its

individual merits.”

Holidays in term time have a serious detrimental impact on a student’s education and can be damaging to an individual’s development in school and educational chances.

Holidays in term time are not a right and should not automatically be granted.

  • Approval will not be given for holidays during SATs week or examination weeks.  Parents should check for information on such dates.
  • Long weekends and ‘odd’ days off should not normally be authorised as term time holiday.
  • Approval will not be given for holidays which are taken due to availability of cheap holidays or desired accommodation
  • Poor weather experienced in school holiday periods
  • Overlap with the beginning  or end of term
  • The attendance of a pupil for the 12 school week period prior to the request being received.

    Any absence taken where a request has been refused by the Headteacher, the absence will be recorded as “Unauthorised Absence”.  Such unauthorised holiday absence may result in a fixed penalty fine and legal action through a Magistrate’s court.  Fixed Penalty Fines are issued per parent per child.

    You are advised not to make any booking before ascertaining if the proposed holiday can be authorised.

    If you feel your application for a holiday falls within the exceptional circumstances criteria please complete the attached form.

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