Balshaw’s Church of England High School


Attendance and Punctuality Policy

We recommend that you read our Attendance and Punctuality Policy on our School Policies page.

Please see our school term dates 2018-2019.

Please see our attendance leaflet for full details about attendance at Balshaw's Church of England High School.

Absence Reporting

We have a new absence reporting form that you can complete if your child is going to absent from School.

The form is located on the left navigation section of our homepage or here. Please follow the instructions given on the page to send the information to us.

You are still able to call us 01772 421009 (option 1) to report absences. Alternatively you can email giving full details relating to the absence.

Absence Requests

It is a legal requirement for parents/carers to obtain the permission of the Headteacher before removing their child from school in order to take any leave in term time. Parents do not have an automatic right to take their children out of school for leave during term time and may be issued with a Penalty Notice (£120 per parent per child) if they do so without prior arrangement with the Headteacher. The legislation only allows the Headteacher to authorise such leave in exceptional circumstances.

To apply for a child to be granted leave from school parents should complete the form below and return it to school for consideration well in advance of the proposed leave and before committing to any expense. Upon receipt of a request the Headteacher will make a decision as to whether to authorise the absence, being mindful of government regulations and LA guidance. It is important that, if you believe exceptional circumstances apply, you provide this information to school at the time of submitting this request. Information submitted at a later date will not be considered. By definition, exceptional trips should not occur regularly.

Absence Request Forms are available from The Main Office and The Hub. You can also download and print the form from here: Application for Leave of Absence.

Please complete the form in full and make sure that you sign and date it before you send it back into School.