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3. Leave of Absence in Term Time - Click here for how to apply

From 1st September 2013, a change to government legislation means that schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time.


Requests for leave can only be granted by schools if there are “exceptional circumstances” and holidays are not considered exceptional. Requests for leave must be made to the head teacher in advance, as the Department for Education has told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken.


If you do need to request a leave of absence in term time please ensure that the form below is completed and sent to with 4 weeks' notice of the intended absence.


Please do not book your holiday until you know that the school has authorised your child's absence.

We are looking forward to showing families round our school, ready for the September 2024 Reception intake. You can book a visit by contacting the school office on 0115 9553440.