Guidance regarding requesting leave of absence

Due to amendments (April 2013) that have been made to the Department for Education’s Pupil Registration Regulations to address attendance issues, it has been made clear to headteachers that they should not grant leave of absence during term time unless there are “exceptional circumstances”.

Requests will be considered on an individual basis taking into account your child’s special education needs, attendance and progress. In response to a leave of absence request you will receive a response letter stating whether this leave of absence has been authorised or not.

Examples of ‘exceptional circumstances’ might include:

  • Therapeutic or respite intervention
  • A special one-off family event (30th wedding anniversary of grandparents; parents wedding) - but one that doesn’t happen on an annual basis
  • A funeral which requires the family to travel some distance etc
  • The receipt of a special award which means the family need to travel some distance and stay overnight
  • A parent who has the potential for a new job and wants to take their family with them to see if they like the area

Follow the link to Gateshead's Attendance Strategy 2016-20, 'Every Day Counts' for the local view on attendance.

Please see further details of our policy and procedures in the documents below: