Parental Request For Term Time Absence

PARENTAL REQUEST FOR TERM TIME ABSENCE

PARENTAL REQUEST FOR TERM TIME ABSENCE

Parents are expected to organise family holidays outside school term dates during school holiday periods. The DfE have advised schools not to authorise holidays during term time. Only in exceptional circumstances can a Headteacher agree to a term time leave.
If you have some exceptional circumstances that require you to request leave during term time please complete this application form for the Headteacher's approval.

Please read the important information below regarding term time leave.
Unauthorised absence from school is a serious matter and can lead to prosecution or a fixed penalty fine. Nursery children are removed from the register immediately when unauthorised absence is taken. A copy of this form will be sent to the Education Welfare Office at London Borough of Hounslow.

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Important Information

Penalty Notices
Sections 444A and 4441B of the Education Act 1996 Empowers designated Local Authority (LA) Officers, to issue Penalty Notices in cases of unauthorised absence from school.
The Education Welfare Service has a statutory duty to remind parents of their legal responsibilities regarding ensuring their children are receiving the full-time education to which they are entitled. Where a parent has failed to ensure the regular attendance the Education Welfare Service will consider issuing Penalty Notices, in line with the Local Code of Conduct for irregular attendance including unauthorised Term Time leave.
A Penalty Notice is currently £60 per parent per child, if not paid within 21 days this increases to £120 per parent per child. The purpose of the Penalty Notice is to prevent the escalation of unauthorised absences and to avoid prosecution. There is no power of appeal.
The Penalty Notice can be an alternative to prosecution. Payment of a Penalty Notice enables parents to discharge what is potentially the liability of a criminal conviction.

Prosecution
Under existing legislation parent/carers commit an offence if a child has failed to attend school regularly. Where parent/carers have knowingly failed to ensure the regular attendance of their child/children, legal action will be considered/proceed under Section 444(1a) of the Education Act 1996. All cases are heard at a Magistrates Court.
Where parent/carers are found guilty they will receive a criminal record, which must be declared to their employee as well as being at risk of receiving much higher fines, community orders, rehabilitation orders or probation.

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