The school does not authorise term time holidays. This is because of the impact upon progress and learning. If a holiday goes ahead, it is our policy to mark the absence as an unauthorised holiday absence. We recognise that holiday periods are more expensive and that many families have to travel long distances to visit relatives. We also recognise that parents and carers may choose to proceed with the absence without authorisation. However, we wish to make it clear that our records will state that the absence was not authorised.
It may be that in exceptional circumstances, a short absence is agreed to. In these extreme cases, discretion will be exercised. A number of factors will be taken into account. These include the urgency of the request, the impact upon learning, progress and achievement and the number of previous days' absence for the pupil.