Absence From School During Term Time

Legal Background and DfE Guidelines
Whilst schools are required to consider parental requests for absence from school in term time, it still remains the legal duty of parents to ensure the regular attendance of a child of compulsory school age. Failure to do so could result in the Local Authority issuing a penalty notice or prosecuting the parents in the Magistrates Court.

DfE guidelines clearly state that absence from school can be taken in exceptional circumstances and this means that the parent must make a strong case for taking a child out of school in an academic year. Exceptional circumstances must be explained fully to the school who will then consider the request. Any medical appointments/procedures during school time are always authorised but school does require evidence such as appointment cards or letters.

Parents should not expect that schools would automatically agree to an absence from school during term time. All requests are at the discretion of the Principal and can only be authorised by the Principal or member of staff with designated authority in the absence of the Principal.

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Illness and Appointments

Please call the office before 9.00am on 01380 723184 if your child is going to be absent due to Illness. If your child has sickness or Diarrhoea then the 48 Hour Rule applies. Please ensure that you seek medical advice if you have any concerns about your child’s health.

What if I will be late to collect my child? – Ring the school office on 01380 723184 or email admin@southbroom-inf.wilts.sch.uk to inform us that you will be late and give a time of your arrival.

Please remember it is important that you bring your child to school on time and collect them on time!

Doctors, Dental and Hospital Appointments

Please try to book any appointments outside school hours. It is really important that interruptions to your child’s learning are kept to a minimum. We understand that there are occasions when appointment times are out of your control.


Please be aware if you’re going on holiday or have another reason for absence you need to complete an Absence Request Form, which can be obtained from the school office. Please be aware that you may be issued with a penalty notice of £60 per child, per parent.


Southbroom Infants School
The Green
SN10 5AA
Tel: 01380 723184
Email: admin@southbroom-inf.wilts.sch.uk

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