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As part of our Attendance Policy, we are required to inform you of the following:

EXCEPTIONAL LEAVE during term time

  • Taking holidays in term time will affect your child’s schooling as much as any other absence and we expect parents to help us by not taking children away in school time.
  • Remember that any savings you may make by taking a holiday in school time are offset by the cost to your child’s education.
  • There is no automatic entitlement to time off in school time to go on holiday.
  • It is widely known that the link between a student’s attendance and attainment is irrefutable
  • Early poor attendance habits follow through into secondary school and employment.
  • Graduates earn an average of £15.01p.h. Young people that leave school with no qualifications earn an average of £7.44p.h.
  • All Hillingdon schools are encouraged to adopt a policy of not authorising exceptional leave. Exceptional cases remain in the personal gift of the Headteacher to authorise (max 10 days only).
  • The Headteacher will correspond with every family applying for exceptional leave to stress the importance of good school attendance habits and links between attendance and attainment.
  • Exceptional leave will always be refused between Years 9 and 11.
  • Exceptional leave will always be refused when a child’s attendance is less than 95% (Primary) and 92.4% (Secondary).
  • Exceptional leave should always be refused when school is aware of any truancy.
  • Exceptional leave should always be refused when requests are regular (annual) or patterns become identifiable.
  • Reasons for Exceptional leave should be logged on the student’s record and shared as part of the transfer/transition process. The Education Welfare Service can issue Fixed penalty Notices for any unauthorised absence.

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