Absence including holidays during term-time

Parents are asked not to book family holidays during term time. The Headteacher and Admissions and attendance committee, has the discretion to grant leave, but will only do so in exceptional circumstances. Any pupil who goes on holiday during term time, without the schools permission will have the absence recorded as unauthorized. Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term time, without consent from the school, in accordance with the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 and Cornwall Councils Code of Conduct regarding Penalty Notices. If a parent takes a child on holiday after a request has been refused and the parent warned
in writing, the local authority will consider prosecuting.

  • All absence requests should completed on the school absence request form before any bookings are made.
  • Any absence that has not been agreed by the Headteacher or attendance committee will be recorded as unauthorized and the local authority may consider prosecuting.
  • Authorisation will not be granted retrospectively.
  • Absence requests will not be granted if the absence will push the child’s attendance below
         95% for the academic year


  • To have a short absence to attend a family
    wedding, or a special family celebration (e.g. an 80th birthday of a
    grandparent); or to attend a special family reunion; or to attend a special
    religious/cultural festival, may constitute an exceptional circumstance.
  • If a parent, due to the nature of their work, cannot possibly take time off during the regular school holidays, then this might constitute an exceptional circumstance.

To take holiday in school time, because the cost is cheaper during term time, does not constitute an exceptional circumstance and will not be authorised.