Absence from School

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Absence from School

Parents should ring the school office on the first day of absence. Parents should contact the school and inform us of the reasons for absence. At the end of the illness parents must inform us in writing of the reasons for the absence, for legal reasons this should be a separate note (i.e. not in the Planner) so that it can be filed. Alternatively, details of the absence may be e-mailed to our Attendance Administrator at attendance@richardhale.co.uk

Holidays in Term Time

We expect that students’ studies are not interrupted by holidays taken during term time. We only authorise leave from school in exceptional circumstances. A parent wishing to take a student out of school for any reason, should obtain from the school a Hertfordshire County Council application form. This form states that:

the school may decide whether or not to authorise leave of absence … parents should not expect such leave to be granted as a right.

Completed forms must be submitted to the Headteacher at least three weeks before any proposed leave of absence. Please note – it is the School Governors’ policy that parents who take their child out of school for holidays cannot expect staff to give those pupils extra teaching or homework in order to catch up with the work they have missed. This also applies to any examinations missed.

Leave of Absence Request Form

Hertfordshire County Council – Letter at term time holidays