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When a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian of the student should make sure the student returns to school with a note to explain the absence and phone 0191 527 0757 to explain the student’s absence on the day of the absence.

If the school does not receive an explanation for a student’s absence, the student will receive an unauthorised absence mark.

On the first day of a student’s absence, the parent/guardian of the student will be contacted by our home/school liaison officer to find out the reason for the absence.

The parent/guardian of any student with 20 or more unauthorised absence marks in any one term, or 38 unauthorised absence marks in a rolling calendar year, will receive a letter of warning from the Local Authority and may be liable to a fine of £50 or more should the student’s unauthorised absences continue.

Holidays during term time

The law

From 1st September 2013 government regulations around holidays in term-time are changing. The changes make it clear that schools may not grant any leave of absence from school during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

This will mean that applications for leave of absence for the purpose of a holiday in term-time will be refused unless parents can demonstrate and prove there are exceptional circumstances relating to the holiday request.

If you take your child out of school without permission this will be recorded as an unauthorised absence (truancy) and noted on the child's Record of Achievement and may result in each parent being issued with a fixed penalty fine for each child taken out of school.

School's decision

When deciding whether to allow term-time leave, the school will consider:

  • The student's age
  • The student's record of attendance
  • Whether there are exceptional circumstances relating to the request
  • Time and duration of leave
  • Previous term-time absences