Attendance Regulations

Dear Parents

Department for Education amendments to school attendance regulations

The DfE have made amendments to the 2006 regulations to pupil’s attendance at school which came into force on 1st September 2013.

The amendments make it clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Amendments to the regulations remove references to ‘family holiday’ and ‘extended leave’ as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. In order to comply with the new regulations, it means that holidays taken during term time will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’ and may be subject to a Penalty Notice. ‘Exceptional’ circumstances are likely to be rare and would be for events such as a funeral or a wedding. Applications must be submitted in writing before the event either using the school application or alternatively by email. In addition, parents are urged to make all routine medical and dental appointments after school or during school holidays.

The following link to the DfE website provides further details of the new regulations –


Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Yours sincerely

Mr S Pywell


Head Teacher: Mr. Stuart Pywell Address: Hales Drive, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7AD Tel: 01227 464119 Fax: 01227 780855 Email: admin@ststephensjuniorschool.co.uk
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