Please refer to the Attendance policy should you wish to request for an authorised absence.
It is a legal requirement for parents/carers to obtain the permission before removing their child from school in order to take any leave in term time.
Legally parents do not have an automatic right to take their children out of school for leave during term time and may be issued with a Penalty Notice (£60 per parent per child) if they do so without prior arrangement with the Headteacher. The legislation only allows the school to authorise such leave in exceptional circumstances.
To apply for a child to be granted leave from school parents must request a form from Mrs Whiteside or Mrs Cassidy. This can be done via the office. Please note that
the form is no longer online. This request of a form must be well in advance of the proposed leave and before committing to any expense.
It is important that, if you believe exceptional circumstances apply, you provide all the information to school at the time of submitting this request. Information submitted at a later date will not be considered.
Should you wish to ask for an authorised absence please return the form to the office.
Upon receiving an application for an authorised absence our Family Support and Attendance Officers (Mrs Cassidy and Mrs Whiteside) will ask both parents with parental responsibility to attend a meeting (or will make a telephone call to both parents) relating to the application of leave. This is due to the penalty fines which may be issued which is £120 per parent per child. Therefore, understandably, we request that we need enough notice in order for the school to be able to arrange these meetings. This also allows the Attendance Officers to collate the evidence to the panel.
The Attendance Officers will then follow the correct procedure and may if necessary seek advice from the Attendance team at Lancashire County Council and legal services. They will then pass the information with the request to the specific panel of the Governing Board who will meet to make a decision if the request is deemed 'exceptional'.
Should you need any further guidance please refer to the Attendance policy or alternatively request a meeting with Mrs Cassidy or Mrs Whiteside.