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Leave of Absence during Term Time

In accordance with the Local Authority Policy and the Policy of Blackshaw Lane Primary & Nursery School NO leave of absence during term time will be authorised, unless in exceptional circumstances. 

Leave of Absence during Term Time

Pupils attend school for a maximum of 190 days each academic year.  Full attendance is vital for your child’s educational progress.  Oldham LA expects all parents/guardians to ensure that their children attend school whenever possible.  Absence taken during term time could hinder academic attainment. 

From 1st September 2013, the Law gives no entitlement to parents to take their children out of school in term time.  It makes it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Unauthorised absence recorded against your child may lead to a Penalty Notice being issued, this being £60 per parent, per child.

Penalty Notices

Parents can receive a Penalty Notice from the Local Authority for your child’s absence during term time without the consent of school.  From 1st September 2013, these penalty notices cost £60 per child per parent if paid within 21 days and £120 per child per parent if paid between 22 and 28 days.

If you still wish to apply for your child to be absent from school, please complete this form and return it to school at least six weeks before the intended departure, (unless there are exceptional circumstances).  Thank you.

If you have any questions about this matter, please contact Mrs O'Neill or the Schools Attendance Improvement Service Advisor  (0161 770 6620).