- ABSENCE (illness or unforseen circumstances)
- PLANNED ABSENCE (morning or afternoon)
A planned absence for a one session (morning or afternoon) or less should be notified to the school office in advance – either by email (absence@stmarys-godalming,surrey.sch.uk) or note or completion of an Absence Form available from outside the office or classroom. These absences would include a medical appointment, ballet exam, etc.
- LONG TERM ABSENCE
Any planned absence of longer than one session for something other than a holiday must be requested from the Headteacher either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in writing or note or completion of a Long Term Absence form .
- FAMILY HOLIDAYS DURING TERM TIME
The school holiday dates are published to parents/carers a year in advance and therefore there is no reason for parents/carers to plan to take their child out of school during term time.
If leave in term time is unavoidable, a Request for Leave of Absence Form (Can be downloaded at bottom of this page). This form must be completed at least four weeks prior to the leave date, and contact made with the Headteacher.
However, leave will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. All other leave will be unauthorised. Examples of exceptional circumstances, as defined by the Department for Education (DfE) are: service personnel and family crisis.
Family holidays taken during term time due to affordability or work restrictions do not meet the DfE criteria for authorisation.