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Lady Elizabeth Hastings' CE VA Primary School


At Lady Hastings Thorp Arch, we believe that regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life and working in partnership with our parents is the best way for us to achieve this for our children.

We appreciate that there are times that children need to be absent from school, however the research show that missing learning time can have significant impact on children’s progress and also allows gaps in learning to be created.  Please can we ask that during the school terms, you ensure that no trips or events are planned in school time. This will allow for your child’s attendance to remain within permissible limits and avoid intervention from the Local Authority attendance management team.

Since changes to government legislation in 2013, schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time. 

Requests for leave can only be granted by schools if there are exceptional circumstances, and holidays are not considered exceptional.  Requests for leave must be made to the school Head teacher by completing this form:

Leave of absence form

We are proud that attendance at Lady Hastings Thorp Arch is good and is consistently above the National Average. This aids the ability of the children to learn and retain the key skills and knowledge that they will need to do well in life.