Holidays in Term Time
We take great pride in the excellent attendance rates at The Halifax Academy because we know that good attendance is a significant factor in children achieving well. Full and regular school attendance is very important. Our monitoring shows, not surprisingly, that generally those children with high rates of absence do not make as much progress as those with low levels. Therefore we ask that you avoid taking your child out of school during term time unless he/she is ill.
If your child cannot come to school for any reason please let us know, by telephone, text or sending a message with another parent. If a child has had a tummy bug they should not come back into school for 24 hours from the last bout of sickness/ diarrhoea. These bugs can spread very quickly to other children and staff.
Holidays in term time
Under new Government regulations, no requests for holiday during term time are approved unless there are EXCEPTIONAL circumstances, for example: where an absence from school is recommended by a health professional as part of a parent or child’s rehabilitation from a medical or emotional issue. Parents are asked to take their annual holiday with their children during school holidays.
A leave of absence can be considered by Mrs Lesley Bowyer, Headteacher of Primary or Mr Mick Kay, Headteacher of Secondary. Only in exceptional circumstances, as determined by the Headteacher and in accordance with LA and Government guidelines, will absence be approved.
All leave of absence requests must be made to Mrs Bowyer or Mr Kay, by completion of an application form (available here or from the school office) by the parent or carer with whom the child normally lives. The application should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the date of the proposed absence. Parents should not book any visits until Mrs Bowyer or Mr Kay has considered the application.
Any absence for a holiday or extended visit abroad which does not meet discretionary criteria will be marked as unauthorised absence and will be referred to Calderdale's Educational Welfare Services. If a child has absence marked as unauthorised, parents may be issued with a fixed penalty notice for this period. It should be noted that both parents would be at risk of a fixed penalty notice for each child of the family with a period of unauthorised absence from school.
The Headteacher’s decision is final; no parent can demand leave of absence for the purposes of a holiday as a right.