Term-time holidays are intended only for children whose parents are unable to take holiday at any other time.
The Policy of Thornton Primary School is NOT to grant leave of absence for a holiday other than in the most exceptional circumstances. Time off school for family holidays is not a right. An application must be made in writing, with appropriate evidence, in advance of the intended holiday.
The law states that schools should not authorise leave of absence unless:
ü An application has been made in advance by the parent with whom the pupil normally resides AND
ü The Head teacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.
Thornton Primary School will only consider authorising holidays for (exceptional circumstances):
Requests for holidays for the following reasons will not be authorised:
Thornton Primary School will respond to all requests for a leave of absence in writing giving the reasons for the decision.
Thornton Primary School will NOT authorise a holiday during periods of national tests ie: SATs examinations.