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Austin Farm Academy

Austin Farm Academy

Attendance & Holidays

School day starts at 8:45am and ends at 3:15pm (32.5hrs per week). 

Gates Open

8:40am (Gates Close at 9:00)

Classroom Doors open




School Day Starts


Break Time

11.00 to 11.15am   



12:15 to 1:15pm 


End of Day

3:15pm   Whole School

Absence Requests

The Absence Request form is available from the school office (or you can print a copy from the letters page of our news & dates section of the website) and should be completed by parents/carers when requesting term time absence from school for their child, regardless of whether the absence is for a holiday, or any other reason. Also, all requests for absence should be evidenced based, e.g. medical appointment cards, letters from employers etc.

The Local Authority, through the school's Educational Welfare Officer, also regularly checks the attendance of all children at school and will investigate cases of absence when a child is away for more than an average of one day a fortnight, whether the absence is authorised or not.

Term Time Holiday Requests

The Government changed their policy regarding school attendance and new legal regulations came into force from September 2013. This means that holidays from school in term time have been removed from the regulations and therefore, Headteachers are no longer allowed to authorise absence from school unless it is due to exceptional circumstances. Schools have received specific guidance from the Department for Education which lists reasons that are or are not acceptable.