Request for leave of absence


Children are required to attend school for 190 days each year, thus leaving 175 days for other activities to take place. The school holiday dates are published well in advance and we therefore expect parents/carers to book family holidays and other events during school holidays.

Term-time holidays will not be authorised at Beaufort School

If an absence in term time is unavoidable, parents should complete a request for leave of absence as far in advance as possible (see form below), giving full details and submit this to the Headteacher, explaining reasons for the absence.  However, time off school is not a right and any decision to authorise absence is at the discretion of the Headteacher.   In making this decision, the Headteacher will consider:

  • * The child’s record of attendance in the current academic year.  The absence should not cause the child’s attendance to fall below the County’s target attendance figure of 95% or exceed the maximum of ten school days absence in any one year.
  • * The child’s attendance in previous years. This should be above 95%.
  • * The educational benefit to the child or exceptional circumstance of the request.
  • * The time of the absence, ensuring that it would not prevent the child from sitting any tests such as SATS or phonics testing.

Parents choosing to take unauthorised leave of absence may be subject to prosecution under Section 444 of the 1996 Education Act.

Each parent will be liable to receive a Penalty Notice for each child who is absent.

The Penalty Notice is £60, per child per parent/carer, if paid within 28 days or £120 if paid after 28 days but within 42 days. Failure to pay the Penalty Notice will result in you being served a summons to appear at the Magistrates Court.

If the absence exceeds 20 days, your child’s name will be removed from the school roll and you will have to reapply for a place upon your return.

The Absence Request Form can be handed in to the school office or emailed to

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