Academy Procedure for Student Leave of Absence Request
A student who takes two weeks' leave during term-time is missing 50 hours of their Academy contact time or 3000 minutes. The 'knock-on' effect is that the student and their teachers have to retrace the lost time which causes disruption to timetables and fellow students' learning.
No parent or carer has a right to withdraw a student from the Academy to go on holiday during term-time without the sole permission of the Academy Principal and Governing Body. A maximum of 10 days may be granted in exceptional circumstances. Please ensure you are granted Leave of Absence before you book your holiday.
The aim of the Senior Management Team and the Governing Body is to work with you to enhance the outstanding achievements that the Academy is renowned for and to build upon the success of recent years. We would, therefore, ask for your support in improving Academy attendance by ensuring that requests for holidays in term-time are made only in exceptional circumstances.
All requests for Leave of Absence must be submitted prior to a student's absence, as permission cannot be given retrospectively.
New GCSE courses now include controlled assessments which replace coursework. These assessments constitute a percentage of the overall grade and are mandatory. Apart from the actual assessment there is a period of time in which students are prepared for these tests. These assessments are staggered throughout Years 9, 10 and 11. It is therefore impossible for students to be granted leave of absence once GCSE courses have begun in Year 9 as the impact on their achievement would be seriously impaired.
Leave of Absence Request Form
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