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Thursday, 26 April 2012 11:01

Term Time Holiday Policy Update Parent Letter
Re:     Term time holiday requests

Oakbank School is committed to maximising educational opportunities and achievement for all students.  For students to gain the best from their time at Oakbank School, it is vital that they achieve excellent attendance and punctuality.  We strive for 100% attendance for all students.  Oakbank School actively promotes good attendance and discourages unjustified absence. Oakbank School recognises that promoting good attendance and punctuality prepares students for the disciplines of adult working life.

Due to a number of term time holiday requests the Governors have agreed a revised attendance and punctuality policy. Presently students spend 190 days in school and 175 days away from school in which holidays should be taken. Therefore to enable all students to access their right to quality education, we have agreed to implement Bradford Council’s Leave of Absence Policy for students in maintained schools in the city, which states;

“Pupils attend school for a maximum of 190 days each academic year.  Full attendance is vital for your child’s educational progress.  Bradford Council expects all parents/guardians to ensure that their students attend school whenever possible.  Absences due to holidays, taken during term time can seriously impact on a pupil’s academic attainment.  Bradford Council’s policy allows for a maximum of 10 days leave of absence only in exceptional circumstances. The cost, convenience or availability of a holiday will not be taken into consideration and will not be authorised”

To request a holiday in term time you will need to complete the “Application for all holiday absence from school” form which you can get from student reception and return it to school. Our full policy can be viewed on the website. Holidays that have already been authorised will stand but we are adopting this policy with immediate effect.


Thank you for your support

Yours sincerely


Mr David Maxwell


The full Attendance and Punctuality Policy can be found here.


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