Cranbourne Primary School

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Unauthorised Absence

This is an extract from the full Attendance Policy: 

Cranbourne Primary School take such requests extremely seriously as we believe every lesson matters; every day and half-day counts. Therefore leave of absence during term time is actively discouraged, as it is the schools belief that such breaks away from School damage the Child's continuity of learning.
Research carried out by the department for Children, Schools and Families has shown that:
'There is a strong correlation between the amount of absence in a school and the qualifications that its pupils receive'.
In line with Bracknell Forest guidelines, leave in term term will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. 

Should parents wish to apply for leave during term time, they must complete a 'Leave of Absence in Term Time' request form. The form can be downloaded (see top of page).

Please note as of the 1st September 2013 any leave of absence taken without authorisation may be referred to the Education Welfare Service. This may result in prosecuting proceedings or a fixed penalty notice. If a fixed penalty notice is issued, a separate notice will be issued to each parent for each child. The rate per parent per child will be £60.00 if paid within 21 days and rising to £120.00 if paid between 22-28 days. If the penalty notice is not paid each parent may be liable to prosecution at the magistrates court and if proved each notice may receive a criminal conviction and /or a fine to a maximum of £1000.00 plus costs. (Parent also includes guardian/carer).  

As of 1st October 2013 any leave of absence taken in term time will be unauthorised except in exceptional circumstances (written proof required).  If anybody takes unauthorised leave from that date your details may be forwarded to the schools Education Welfare Officer and a fixed penalty may be incurred.

Attendance Policy