Holiday Pattern 2022-23
Leave of absence from school during term time
In line with PCA attendance policy (9/14) Park Community Academy will not authorise any holiday in term time unless it is for exceptional circumstances. Any leave of absence/family holidays should, be taken during school holidays. If, in exceptional circumstances, you need to request permission for your child to accompany you on a family holiday during term time, you should complete an application form, at least three weeks in advance, stating clearly the reason why the holiday must be taken in term time and outlining the social and educational benefits to your child. Only one request per academic year will be considered for a maximum of 5 Academy days. PCA pays due regard to the value of travel as an important learning, experiential and life skills opportunity for children with additional needs and will always try to support targeted residential opportunities that promote the social, emotional and physical development of the pupils (e.g. RADA), disabled riding etc. The Headteacher has the right to refuse permission having given consideration to:
- your child’s age
- the time of year
- the overall attendance pattern of your child
Important: Leave of absence will only be considered when your child’s overall attendance exceeds our Academy Attendance Target of 95%.
Unavoidable School Closures
The Governors and Headteacher of the School will make every effort to ensure that the School is open to receive pupils on the allocated 190 days per year and for staff on 195 days per year. If circumstances arise where it is felt necessary to close the School partly or wholly, the Headteacher and Governors will follow, in principle, the LEA "Guidelines on Unavoidable Closures" (1996).
Parents/carers will be notified of unavoidable school closures by the school text to parents system, and where appropriate through announcements on Radio Wave.