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Important notice:A reminder that school will be closed on Friday 1st July for our professional development day. School will re-open for all children on Monday 4th July.


Attendance & Holidays in Term Time

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The Education regulations state that applications for leave must be made in advance by a parent with whom the child lives and can only be authorised by the school in exceptional circumstances.

Each application is considered individually by the school. 

An application form can be collected from the school office or downloaded here

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

  • Service personnel returning from active deployment.
  • Where complete inflexibility of the parents’ leave or working arrangement is part of the organisation’s policy. Evidence must be provided.
  • Where leave is recommended as part of a parent’s 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 note: Headteachers would not be expected to class any term time holiday as exceptional  

This is not an exhaustive list and Headteachers must consider the individual circumstances of each case when making a decision on this matter. Where a Headteacher feels that there may be exceptional circumstances which do not fit the criteria, they may refer to the local authority for advice. The decision of the Headteacher is final. Parents who take a child on leave in term time without the permission of the school, risk being issued with a penalty notice fine for unauthorised absences.  

Taking a pupil on leave during term time interrupts teaching and learning and can disrupt educational progress. Before completing this application form, parent/carers are asked to consider the effect on their child’s continuity of education. 

Oatlands Junior School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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