Schools, education and childcare Absence from School

Types of absence

Unauthorised absence – this is when children are absent from school without the authority of the head teacher. Below is a list of some of the reasons where absence from school may not be authorised;

  • Birthday treat
  • Day trip
  • Shopping or visit to hairdresser
  • Over-sleeping
  • Taking a long week-end
  • Taking the rest of the day off, before or after a dental or medical appointment
  • Family celebration

Authorised absence – There are very few reasons why absence may be authorised and in all cases you must inform your child’s school and explain the reasons why your child is absent.

If you need to take your child out of school during term time for exceptional circumstances, then you must contact your child’s school who will inform you of the procedure.

Only the head teacher can authorise absence and may request further evidence to support this.

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