LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Parents/Guardians must ask permission for their child to miss school. If Parents/Guardians don’t they risk a penalty notice. Primary and Secondary schools in Leeds follow a common policy on holiday absence, but it is up to the Headteacher to decide whether or not the absence will be authorised.
Parents/Guardians wishing to apply for their child to take leave from school should complete a holiday form and return it to school for authorisation well in advance of the proposed leave.
The attendance of all our pupils in school is incredibly important to us so that children feel settled and achieve their full learning potential. As we are receiving more and more holiday absence requests it is our intention to issue fixed Penalty Notice fines as of Monday 16th April.
Fixed Penalty Information
For absences of 5 school days or more we will request Leeds City Council issue a Penalty Notice(s) on our behalf which will be £60 per parent per child. Once the penalty notice is issued you will have 21 days in which to pay the fine. If you fail to pay in that time period the fine will double and you then have another seven days in which to pay, taking the total time in which to make payment to 28 days.
I must advise you that if you fail to make payment after 28 days Leeds City Council has the power to prosecute you in the Magistrates Court for the offence of failing to ensure my child attends school regularly. A guilty verdict at court can lead to a fine of up to £1000, and a criminal record which can affect employment opportunities.
This process is in line with current government legislation and Leeds City Council Code of Conduct.
MEDICATION IN SCHOOL
Whilst we believe that sick children should be at home, we are prepared to administer medication that has been prescribed by a doctor to your child. If a child needs medicine just three times a day we would suggest this is done at home on a morning, after school and evening unless there is a specific reason it needs to be given during school hours.
Medicines will not be given unless they are prescribed with a clear pharmacy label attached, and a parent has signed the permission sheet. Medication must be handed in at the school office and should not be given to the classroom teacher. No substitute will be made if the child has no medication in school.
Parents have prime responsibility for their child's health so we will collect all relevant information from the parents prior to any course of medicine being dispensed. We expect parents to give full and honest information about their child's condition.
Please complete this form and hand into the Main Office along with the prescribed medication.