Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Absence

Change of regulations regarding holidays in term time

We are committed to giving our students the best education available to them and to continue to raise our standards year on year, this can only be achieved through regular attendance.  We value the support of our parents/carers and we hope that you will continue to support both the Academy and your child/ren by taking all holidays outside of term time.

The regulations are as follows:

  • As of 1st September 2013 Head teachers/Principals may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.  Exceptional circumstances do not include family holidays, visiting relatives or friends, to be a spectator at sporting or other events, looking after unwell family members, babysitting younger family members, birthdays or shopping etc…
  • If parents/carers choose to take their child out of school during term time without leave of absence being granted then it will be recorded as an unauthorised absence on the school register.
  • If parents/carers consider that a ‘request for leave of absence’ during term time is for ‘exceptional circumstances’ then a written request should be made to your child’s Head of House.  (This must be done by completing our updated Leave of Absence form which is available from the Academy or can be downloaded from the link below. When completed, the form must be returned to your child’s Head of House for consideration)
  • Parents/carers who fail to ensure their child’s regular attendance can be fined £60 (per parent, per child). If the payment is not made within 21 days this increases to £120.

 

To download a Leave of Absence application form click here