Absences and Holidays in Term Time

Requests for leave of absence during term time

Parents/carers have a legal duty to ensure their child’s regular attendance at school.  The UK Government strongly recommends that parents/carers avoid taking their children out of school, given its effect on the learning programme and the progress of pupils.  Headteachers cannot grant leave of absence unless in exceptional circumstances.  Wherever possible, appointments should be made around school hours.

In determining whether or not to authorise an absence, the Headteacher has to consider the reasons for the request, the effect on the continuity of the child’s learning, the frequency of request and the child’s overall attendance.  Parents/carers are, therefore, advised to consider carefully the reasons for making their request.

Applications should be made well in advance and parents/carers are strongly advised to apply before they confirm their arrangements.


Attendance and punctuality at Brandlehow



Your child’s success at primary school and later at secondary school, college and in the world of work will depend in part on their punctuality and good attendance.  Now is the time to get your child into the habit of always being on time, attending school every day except when genuinely unwell and informing the school promptly of the reasons for any absence.

It’s important for you to know that most children have an attendance rate of 97-99% and this is considered good - outstanding attendance.

The school keeps a record of your child’s absence and lateness and is required by law to report the number of absences and lateness to you on your child’s annual report. The registers are monitored closely by the Education Welfare Officer.

Please do not take your child out of school for a holiday during term time for days or half days to visit relations, to go on special shopping trips or for treats and outings.  Such occasions break the law and absences will be regarded as unauthorised by the school.  Your child will also miss important lessons which will not be repeated. Their absences will not be authorised and will be reported to the borough’s Educational Welfare Officer.