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I want to take my child out of school at term time, and I think my reasons are exceptional. Can the school help?

There is a discretionary power held by Head teachers to authorise absence in ‘exceptional circumstances’. Although the DfE do not define ‘exceptional’, circumstances may include, for example:

 

  • Service personnel returning from a tour of duty abroad where it is evidenced the individual will not be in receipt of any leave in the near future that coincides with school holidays.
  • 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.
  • The death or terminal illness of a person close to the family.
  • To attend a wedding or funeral of a person close to the family.
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