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Bitham Brook Primary School

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Leave of Absence During Term Time


The DfE has made it clear that Headteachers are not to authorise absence for any holidays during term time, except under exceptional circumstances.  We will not, therefore, grant authorisation for absence in the following instances:

* Day trips and holidays in term time

* Leaving school unncecessarily during the school day

* Not attending school for unnecessary reason such as shopping or birthdays

* Absences which have not been properly explained or have failed to follow the absence procedure


Unauthorised absences of 5 days (10 sessions) or more within a 6-month period of the current academic year may lead to a Penalty Notice being issued by the Local Authority.  If you wish to take your child out of school during term time, please complete a Leave of Absence form: