Request for Term-Time Absence

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If you wish to request absence during term-time, please complete this request form and return it to the School Office at least 2 weeks prior to the absence start date. A paper copy of this form is also available from the School Office.


School Hours

Entrance to the Courtyard outside the Hall is available from 8:25am. However, children must be supervised by their parent/carer in this area prior to the school gate being opened at 8:30am. At 8.30am all children should go directly to their classrooms where activities are available until registration at 8.45am. The gate is locked at 8.45am.  
Any children arriving after registration at 8:45am, must use the Main Entrance and sign in electronically, giving the reason for their lateness. Lateness will be monitored. If the arrival at school is after 9:30am, and not due to a medical/dental appointment, it will be marked as un-authorised absence. Please refer to our Attendance Policy for further information regarding lateness and punctuality.
The School Day
Morning 8.45am - 12.00 noon
Break 10:30am - 10:45am
Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Afternoon 1.00pm - 3.15pm
Children should be collected at 3.15pm. If you are delayed, your child will wait inside the school until you arrive. Please inform us if someone different is collecting your child and ensure they know your child's password. 


All parents should arrange their annual holiday within the school holidays.  Parents/carers of children of statutory school age have no automatic right to remove their children for holidays (or other family reasons) in term time. However, we appreciate there may be exceptional circumstances which will be considered at the point of application.   Whilst the Head of School may give approval in exceptional circumstances (e.g. to enable a family to travel to attend a pilgrimage or attend a funeral), approval is not given as a matter of course. We will consider every request for leave of absence individually.   The most important consideration is the effect an absence would have on your child’s education.   If you decide to take your child/children out of school without permission, a request for a Penalty Notice may be issued.


Penalty Notices are issued to each parent of each child and the amount of the penalty will be £120 to be paid within 28 days, reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days. Failure to pay the penalty in full at the end of the 28 day period may result in prosecution by the Attendance Service.


The Absence Request form is at the top of the page. This must be filled out and returned to the office at least 2 weeks prior to the absence start date. Please refer to our Attendance Policy for more information regarding planned absences.



If your child is ill, please telephone or email the school office before 9:00am on each day of absence unless other arrangements have been made with the school.