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Application for absence or holidays in term time

Parents do not have a right to take their children out of school for holidays during term time. By
law you must ask permission for your child to miss school. Stevenage Primary Heads, working with representatives of the Local Authority, will no longer authorise holidays in term time, except in very exceptional circumstances.

If you feel that there are exceptional circumstances please give details below after which you will be contacted by the school to arrange a meeting with the Headteacher to discuss the matter.

Parents wishing to apply for their child to have leave from school should complete this form and
return it to school at least 2 weeks in advance of the proposed leave.

Fixed Penalty Notice.

If your child reaches over 5 days unauthorised absence, you will receive a letter warning you that
you are at risk of receiving a fixed penalty notice. A fixed penalty notice will be issued when
unauthorised absence exceeds 10 days within one academic year. The penalty notice requires you to pay a fine of £60.00 within 21 days. If this fine is not paid within the time limit the penalty rises
to £120.00 which must be paid within 21 days. If payment is not received you will be liable for
prosecution for the offence and could be subject to a fine of up to £1,000.00

Please note an absence request form must be completed for each child the absence relates to.

Has he/she already had leave during term time this school year?*
Does your child have siblings in other schools for whom you are requesting an absence?*

To be completed by office.