Our aim is to ensure that our students have high levels of attendance which in turn enables them to take full advantage of the educational opportunities on offer at Sedgefield Community College.
From September 2013, parents no longer have the right to request leave of absence for their children for an annual holiday. The amendments to the 2006 Pupil Registration Regulations make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. It states that ‘Headteachers should determine the number of school days a student can be away from school if the leave is granted’.
School will consider every request for leave individually. The most important consideration is the effect an absence would have upon a child’s education. Permission will not be given for a student unless the circumstances are exceptional i.e. for a wedding/funeral and providing the time period is appropriate. Proof of ‘exceptional circumstances’ must be provided before any absence is authorised.
If you wish to make an application for leave of absence, you must complete a leave of absence request form, which can be downloaded by clicking on the link below or from our Student Services desk. Following the submission of your application, you will be notified in writing of the School’s decision.
Parents/Carers should be aware that if your child takes leave of absence during term time without making a prior application, or if your request is not authorised and the child is still taken out of school, the absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’. Unauthorised absences may attract a Fixed Penalty Notice fine of £60 which if unpaid can lead to legal proceedings being initiated by Durham County Council. If found guilty for an offence under the Education Act 1996 Section 444 1, the maximum fine is up to £1000, per parent, per child.
If you have any questions or require further information please contact Faye Henderson – Attendance Officer.
Download a leave of absence request form here.