Parents have a legal duty to ensure that their child receives a suitable education, therefore, when a child is on roll at a school, the parent has a legal duty to ensure that their child attends regularly, on time and in a state ready to learn.
Absences from school that are not authorised, including holidays in term time, may result in either a fine or a prosecution in a Magistrates court. Please click here to learn more about school attendance.
Absence from school
There will be occasions on which your child will be absent from school. It is extremely important that you inform the school of the dates of absence and the reasons for the absence. Any absence for which there is no notification of reason from an adult with parental responsibility will be classified as unauthorised.
Please contact the school before 9:30am on
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Term Time Holidays
There is a proven link between children’s attainment and the amount of time that they spend in school and the East Riding Council has identified that children being removed from school during term time is becoming a real issue for schools in our area. Consequently the council recently issued revised guidelines limiting head teachers’ discretion to authorise additional holidays.
You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. Head teachers are no longer able to grant leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
For your request for your child’s absence from school to be authorised, it must fall into one of the following categories-
- Service personnel returning from a tour of duty abroad where it is evidenced the individual will not be in receipt of any leave in the near future that coincides with school holidays
- Where an absence from school is recommended by a health professional as part of a parent or child’s rehabilitation from a medical or emotional issue.
- The death or terminal illness of a person close to the family.
- To attend a wedding or funeral of a close member of the family that is taking place out of the area (this reason would normally be limited to a day or two).
Where there are exceptional and unforeseen circumstances that fall outside of 1 to 4 above, the Head teacher will consult with the principal Education Welfare Officer.
Evidence is required in each case.