Student Absence Form
Please read the following guidance carefully:
As parents/carers, you have a legal responsibility to ensure your child's attendance at school. During the academic year students are at school for 190 days and at home for 175 days.
Please be aware that The Education Act (pupil registration) (England) (amendment) Regulations 2016 state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Headteacher is also required to determine the number of days a child may be away from school if leave is granted.
Please complete and submit this form if you would like the Headteacher/representative to consider your request for your child's leave of absence for exceptional circumstances. We may ask for evidence to back up your request.
Please note that unauthorised absence of 5 days or more may result in the issue of a Penalty Notice from Surrey Country Council. Penalty notices are issues by the Local Authority in accordance with Surrey County Council's code of conduct. The Penalty notice is £60, per child per parent/carer., if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days. Failure to pay the Penalty Notice will result in you being served a summons to appear at the Magistrates Court.
The Headteacher/representative will consider the reasons for the request carefully and will notify you of the decision via post. For further information, please refer to our School Attendance Policy.