Absence and Holidays in Term Time

Attendance Policy

Highgate Attendance Policy Sept 20

Procedure for Making Holiday Requests

All requests for absence (including term time holidays) should be made in writing to Mr Jenkinson in advance. You should get a reply in writing back.

The School’s Policy on Attendance

Unfortunately the school is not able to grant authorised absence for a family holiday.

The School and its staff regard the regular attendance of children at school as being vital to each child’s education and development. It is for this reason that non attendances (however short or infrequent) are treated seriously. It remains the policy of the school to only sanction non-attendance during term time in exceptional circumstances.

If your child has unauthorised leave of absence you may either be issued with a Penalty Notice of £120 per parent per child (discounted to £60 if paid within 21 days) or your case could be referred by the Local Authority directly to the Magistrates’ Court for the purposes of criminal prosecution.

Many studies identify a link between school attendance and achievement. The school needs the continued support of parents to ensure a child’s absence does not negatively impact upon their achievement.