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Bellow you will find some useful information about attendance

The new regulations make it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are “exceptional circumstances”.


In exceptional circumstances Headteachers will determine the number of school days authorised on the registers, if the leave is granted.


We must advise you that if you take a leave of absence in term time of 5 days or more and it is unauthorised by school, this may result in the issue of a Penalty Notice under the provisions of the Education Act 1996. The Penalty Notice is £60.00, if it is not paid within 21 days, the fine is increased to £120.00 and there is a further 7 days to make this payment in full. Non-payment of a Penalty Notice within the total 28 day period could result in the commencement of criminal proceedings in the Magistrates Court under section 444 of the Education Act 1996.


Taking a holiday during term time means that children miss important school time – both educationally and for other school activities. Before completing this application parents/carers are asked to consider the effect on their child’s continuity of education.

Which absences are unauthorised and which are authorised?

Unauthorised absences include:

  • minding the house,

  • looking after siblings or parents,

  • going shopping,

  • celebrating a birthday,

  • oversleeping,

  • arriving late for school, and

  • going on a day trip without the school's permission.


Schools follow up all absences, so you may receive a telephone call to check where your child is.


Authorised absence may include illness or days of religious observance. Leave may be granted in exceptional circumstances. Only the headteacher can authorise your child's absence from school.


North Yorkshire County Council

Attendance Policy