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South Lake Primary School


At South Lake we follow Wokingham Borough's guidance on school attendance:

The better your child’s attendance, the better they will do educationally. Research shows that children who attend school regularly are likely to be more successful.

Unacceptable reasons for absence from school-:

  • Shopping trips
  • Birthdays
  • Non-urgent medical and dental appointments

(Evidence of all medical and dental appointments during school hours must be emailed to prior to the appointment so that this can be authorised)

Term-time Absence for holidays:

                     Holidays during term time will not be authorised.

An absence will only be authorised if there is an exceptional reason, and absence taken without authorisation can incur a fine.  For your information, the fundamental principles for defining ‘exceptional’ are: rare, significant, unavoidable and short; and by 'unavoidable' we mean an event that could not reasonably be scheduled at another time, such as a funeral.

The cost of a holiday is not considered to be an exceptional reason. 

Should you feel that you have “exceptional” reasons for applying, please contact the school at the earliest opportunity and use the request for absence form, providing full details and evidence where possible supporting the request.  The Headteacher will determine whether the circumstances are exceptional or not.

Please be aware that unauthorised holiday absence of 5 days or more can now result in the issuing of a Penalty Notice which carries a fine of £60 or if not paid after 21 days the fine is doubled to £120 and court prosecution if unpaid after 28 days. Penalty Notices are served per parent per child.

Wokingham Guidance on Term Time Holidays