The Governors of Dundonald Primary School believe that leave of absence during term time should be avoided as it can have a damaging effect on a student’s education and overall achievement. However, it is recognised that on occasions there may be extenuating or compassionate reasons that justify such leave. 
 
The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Amendment Regulations 2013 state that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Head teachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted. 
 
With regard to the regulation outlined above the school policy is as follows: 
  1. Parents must request leave for exceptional circumstances as far in advance as possible.
  2. The request should be made in writing using the leave of absence form (available from the school office).
  3. This must include the reason why you feel that it is necessary to take a leave of absence. This may include any extenuating or compassionate reasons, including evidence of circumstances such as medical certificate or letter from employers. 
 
On receipt of an application for leave on the appropriate form together with any supporting documentation, consideration will be given to the circumstance. A letter outlining the decision of the school will be sent to you within 7 days. 
 
Any leave of absence that is not authorised is very likely to result in a Penalty Notice being issued by the London Borough of Merton. The Penalty Notice carries a fine.