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Holiday Requests

Holidays during term-time

In September 2013, the Department for Education removed the discretion for Headteachers to grant leave of absence for the purpose of family holidays during term time. 

Therefore, leave of absence will not be granted during term time and taking a family holiday could lead to a fixed penalty fine.   

For further information, please read the Pupil Leave of Absence Policy available on our website or visit the Bradford Council website


Requests by Parents

A request for leave of absence must be made by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides;

Requests for leave of absence should be made in writing to the Headteacher (email is acceptable), alternatively an absence request form is available from the school office.

The request will be considered by the Headteacher and a written response will be returned to the parents either granting or declining the request.

Granting Requests
  • Requests will only be granted in exceptional circumstances e.g. bereavement, visit to a parent employed in the armed forces, emergency;
  • Each request will be considered on its merits;
  • Up to five days leave will be granted to visit a parent employed in the armed forces;
  • Up to five days will be granted depending on the bereavement circumstances and location;
  • If leave of absence is taken without consultation and school authorisation, then the absence by definition is unauthorised. This could result in a referral to the Education Social Work Service and the issue of a fixed penalty notice.
  • Absence due to illness will be authorised unless we have genuine cause for concern about the veracity of an illness. In such cases, school will request medical evidence to support the absence.

Absence Request