Pupil Absence & Holidays in Term Time

Pupil Absence

At Tor View we believe that regular attendance and punctuality are essential. Evidence shows that even small amounts of absence from school can affect your child’s progress and attainment. The education of your child could be disrupted both prior to and after any leave, causing them to fall behind and struggle to catch up. For every week of school a child misses, they lose 25 hours of education which can never be regained. Parents / carers must inform school on the first day and subsequent days of an absence.

Holidays in Term Time

Attendance is an important part of our Home-School agreement and it should be noted that term time holidays are actively discouraged. Approximately every 6 weeks your child gets a holiday from school, therefore we advise that you should use this time to take your child on holiday.

If you are thinking of taking your child out of school we would ask that you consider the following:

  • There is no automatic entitlement to any leave in term time, therefore parents / carers must contact the school to seek permission before taking their child out of school. We will only authorise the absence if there are exceptional reasons for taking the leave in term time such as illness, medical appointments (which should be kept to a minimum), religious observance or extreme domestic need.
  • We will require parents / carers to fill in a leave request form prior to booking any holiday and/or attend a meeting in school. There may be occasions where, even in exceptional circumstances, we may not agree leave, for example during important transitional periods.
  • Unauthorised absences will be followed up by school, with support from the Local Authority if necessary. If you choose to take your child on holiday in term time without permission, you may be issued with a penalty notice.