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Leave of Absence

We encourage and believe that good attendance is critical for all children if they are to achieve and progress well and learn good habits for life. Our school attendance target is 95% across an academic year.

There is no legal right for a child to be granted leave of absence and taking a child out of school during term time could be detrimental to the child’s achievement, progress and / or social development/ friendships.

The Governing Body take the view that all leave during term time should be discouraged .

Applications for leave of absence for exceptional circumstances should be made in the first instance, on the Leave of Absence form (available from the school office) accompanied by a letter clearly explaining the exceptional circumstance. Relevant supporting evidence may be included: no application for leave will be considered unless it is accompanied by a letter.

When considering exceptional leave requests many aspects will be considered including the pupil’s current attendance and past attendance records.


Holidays During Term Time

Leave of absence will not be granted for holidays during term time unless there are extremely exceptional circumstances

Any holidays taken during term time will be recorded as unauthorised absence. This will appear on the child’s end of year report. The case could be referred to the Missing Education and Child Employment services who may issue a Penalty

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St Margaret's C of E Academy
London Road, Bowers Gifford, Essex, SS13 2DU
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