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ABSENCE & FIXED PENALTY NOTICES

Term Time Leave of Absence

At Meadow Vale we believe term time absences should be actively discouraged. Our purpose is to ensure that your child achieves to their full potential and there is a clear link between poor attendance and underachievement. However, we recognise that there may be occasions where a parent considers there are extenuating or compassionate reasons for such absence. As outlined in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, the Headteacher will decide if the circumstances are “exceptional” and thus whether or not the absence will be “authorised”.

Parents must request leave as far in advance as possible, giving at least 2 weeks notice. The request, to be made by the parent with whom the child normally resides, must be made in writing using the “Application for Leave of Absence During Term Time” form available here or from the school office or below.

The request must include the reason why it is felt necessary to take leave during term time (the “exceptional” circumstances). Leave of absence will only be granted where the Headteacher considers it is due to ‘exceptional circumstances’. The parent who submitted the application will be informed by letter within 7 school days as to whether the request has been authorised or unauthorised.

Bracknell Forest Council will continue the use of Fixed Penalty Notices for unauthorised absences from school, as detailed in the document below.