Asking the school for a leave of absence for your family?

Following the Secretary of States announcement on school absences. Headteachers in England and Wales may not grant leave except for exceptional circumstances.

Having examined some 20 authorities there is unfortunately a great deal of interpretation as to what Heads might consider as exceptional. I have tried to combine the most sensible examples together to allow some degree of common sense. The outcome is the following set of, I hope sensible reasons and requirements.

If you wish to apply for exceptional circumstances the following form must be completed in advance:

If you do this well in advance we can consider what is within our remit to grant.

Recent changes now limit Heads and so you must always seek advice before committing yourself to any time off.