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Late/Absence Procedures

Time off College


Legislation for Term Time Holidays

The rules regarding pupils taking holidays during term time are clear in that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

You therefore need to consider any such requests carefully and detail the ‘exceptional circumstances’ should you decide to submit a request.  

'Request for Planned Absence' forms are available from the college or you can download and print the form below; you must return the completed form to college and the head of college will determine whether, under these new rules, she is able to authorise the absence.  

Please ensure any request for planned absence is submitted as far in advance as possible.

Please be aware that unauthorised absences can lead to the local authority issuing parents with a penalty notice of £60 (if paid within 21 days of issue) or £120 (if paid within 28 days).


Thank you for your co-operation in ensuring our students maximise their educational potential with maximum attendance.


If you need to request an absence for your child (this includes medical appointments) please complete the form below and return it to the college. 

Forms are also available from the college upon request.