Taking your child out of school during term time may harm your child's academic progress

Schools may agree absence in exceptional circumstances with consideration being given to pupil's attendance, attainment and public examinations but this is not a legal right.  Each case will be considered on its merits.  The following circumstances would be considered exceptional:

  • for service personnel and other employees who are prevented from taking leave of absence outside term time at any point in the academic year;
  • when a family needs to spend time together to support each other during or after a crisis 

Absences may only be authorised at the discretion of the headteacher.  Applications must be made well in advance and not left to the last minute assuming permission will be given.  Any absence must be requested on a Holiday Request Form which should be given to the headteacher for authorisation.

Circumstances which are notified to the school or Local Authority after a decision has been made by the head teacher will not be considered.  Therefore please be certain to provide details of the special circumstances relating to your application and attach any supporting evidence.

If approval is not granted and the absence still taken, it will be regarded as unauthorised.  Where total unauthorised absences amount to 10 or more sessions the school has to notify the Education Welfare Service and a Penalty Notice will be issued by the Local Authority to each parent for each child named on the notification.

pdf button  Information on Penalty Notices

The circumstances in which a holiday cannot be authorised are:

  • Availability of cheap holidays;
  • Available of desired accommodation;
  • Poor weather in the school holiday here in our country;
  • Overlap with the beginning or end of term;
  • Convenience.

pdf button  Holiday Request Form

pdf button  All Cannings School Attendance Policy

In September 2013 the school introduced an Attendance Cup which is awarded to the class with the best termly attendance.  We also present certificates at the end of academic year for all the children who have managed to achieve 100% attendance throughout the year.

Whole school absence over the past few years has been as follows:

Academic Year















Total 4.3 (5.5) 4.4 (5.3) 3.77 (5.14) 4.1 (4.4) 3.9 (4.8)  2.5 (3.9) 3.0 (4.1)

(Figure in brackets indicates national average)

Our persistent absence (children who are absent for 15% or more sessions) was 0% in both 2013 and 2014.  From September 2015 the measure of persistent absence was reduced from 15% to 10% and the school figure was 0%.

Our attendance rate for both 2013 and 2014 puts us in the top 20% of all schools.