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Leave During Term Time

The Department for Education (DfE) states that parents/carers have a responsibility to ensure their child attends every day the school is open except when a statutory reason applies.

Under legislation effective from 1st September 2013, Headteachers may no longer authorise absence for leave during term time. Authorised leave may only be granted at the discretion of the Headteacher where there are exceptional circumstances. An application for leave of absence must be completed in advance on the appropriate form. These are available from the school office or downloaded from the link below. A meeting with the Headteacher must be arranged at least four weeks before the proposed date of travel wherever possible. We strongly recommend that parents contact school to discuss the potential issues before booking any holiday to be taken during term time.

Any period of leave taken without the agreement of the school, or in excess of that agreed, will be classed as unauthorised and may incur sanctions such as a Fixed Penalty Notice (£60 per child, per parent). In the event of any child being unauthorised absent for 5days, the matter has to be referred to the Senior Attendance Officer (Legal Interventions) at Milton Keynes Council for the local authority to consider appropriate action. In this instance of an extended period of unauthorised absence being taken, the school may commence action to remove the place at the school.

We thank you for your support in ensuring your child attends daily and arrives on time to school.