Request for Absence


Requests for Leave of Absence and Leave for appointments for Years 7 to 13, should be reported to Ms Hensman, Attendance Officer at

Please read below and fill out this form: Request for Leave of Absence Form

Alternatively, you can telephone the school on 0208 642 2025 ext 250.



The Department for Education has amended the regulations and guidance in relation to absences in termtime. There is no automatic right to take your daughter out of school during term time.


From 1st September 2013, the Department of Education will only allow a Headteacher to grant a leave of absence if there are exceptional circumstances.   In determining whether or not an absence in such circumstances can be authorised, it is for the Headteacher to determine the number of days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.


If you consider that your request falls into this category, you will need to complete the Student Leave of Absence form on the reverse of this notification. A response will be sent to you as soon as possible. If the absence requested is not considered to be an exceptional circumstance, and you nevertheless take your daughter out of school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised in line with Local Authority guidance.


Therefore, in the case of an unauthorised absence, our School Attendance Officer will be notified and a Penalty Notice could be issued. Please note that Penalty Notices are issued to each parent for each child taken out of school. A Penalty Notice is a fine of £60 which increases to £120 if not paid within the first 21 days. If the Penalty Notice remains unpaid, this will result in further legal intervention.


All absence requests must be completed on the Student Leave of Absence form, letters will not be accepted. This should be returned to the school a minimum of 14 days before the start of the absence.


Any absence from school will disrupt your daughter’s learning. You may consider some absences to be educational but your daughter will still miss out on the teaching that her peers will receive. Children returning from an absence are unprepared for the lessons which build on the teaching they have missed.


I hope you will support our efforts to raise attendance and attainment at our school.

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Pound Street

Carshalton Surrey


T: 020 8642 2025


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