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St Laurence Church of England Primary School

Learning with love and laughter, growing in God's grace

A member of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust

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We are proud that our attendance rate is higher than the national and county average.  We are required by law to keep a record of reasons for children's absence from school.


The Government made amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 which came into force on 1st September 2013. These state that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence for holidays during the term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Parents needing leave of absence for exceptional circumstances should complete a form at least two weeks before the anticipated start date. The reason for the request should be given in detail.


If absence is higher than 5%, at any point in the year, you may be required to provide additional evidence of any illnesses.

If absence is higher than 10% then the local authority will be informed, who may make a decision to issue a penalty notice or to prosecute. Further information can be found in our attendance policy.