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Attendance

School attendance is mandatory during term times with the expectation that a child of compulsory school age, registered at a school, has an attendance of 100% unless there is a statutory reason for absence. Attendance of 90% or lower is of concern and defined by the DfE as Persistent Absence.

Excellent attendance is key for ensuring positive outcomes for children and young people. Missing school leaves children vulnerable to falling behind, achieving poorer outcomes at both primary and secondary level as well as post 16 choices and outcomes. 

Please see the below useful documents from NYCC

Absence in Term Time

In exceptional circumstances, school is able to authorise a leave of absence during term time.

The following are examples of the criteria for leave of absence, which may be considered as ‘exceptional’:

  • Service personnel returning from active deployment
  • Where inflexibility of the parents’ leave or working arrangement is part of the organisational or company policy. This would need to be evidenced by the production or confirmation from the organisation/company
  • Where leave is recommended as part of a parents’ or child’s rehabilitation from medical or emotional problems. Evidence must be provided
  • When a family needs to spend time together to support each other during or after a crisis

Please download the application form for Leave of Absence in Exceptional Circumstances during term time here

We would ask that parents consider carefully before planning to take their child out of school during term time and to read the accompanying information before submitting an application.

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