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Applications For Leave In Advance

For Students of Compulsory School Age

Applications for leave should be made well in advance of the intended date. Only in exceptional circumstances will leave be granted without notice or retrospectively.
The Principal can allocate up to 10 days of leave per student in a school year.


A misadventure or unforeseen event (i.e. exceptional circumstances)
Participation in special events not related to the school (e.g. receiving a community award)
Domestic necessity such as serious illness of an immediate family member
Attendance at funerals
Recognised religious festivals or ceremonial occasions
Other reasons which at the Principal’s discretion, are deemed to be in the best interest of the child.

Generally, leave will not be granted for family holidays taken during term time. An exception to this may be that the family circumstances are such that the Principal considers that the holiday would be in the best interests of the child.

If your student is going on leave for travel purposes for more than 10 days please fill in – Application for Extended Leave – Travel (Form A1) together with the Certificate for Extended Leave (L) – Travel (Form A2) and hand this into the office.

NB. Should parents/carers take the leave regardless of the Principal’s decision not to grant leave, the school will record the absence as A – Unjustified Absence. Depending on the student’s previous attendance record, this can have serious implications as outlined below.

More Than 10 Days?

Leave applications for exemption from attendance (including reasons for exceptional circumstances, employment in entertainment or participating in elite sports) for more than 10 days require completion of both Application for Exemption from Attendance at School (Form B1) and Certificate for Exemption from Attendance at School (Form B2).

Application for Exemption from Attendance at School (Form B1) Certificate for Exemption from Attendance at School (Form B2)


The Principal may grant an Exemption of up to 100 days in a 12 month period and if successful will sign and issue the Certificate of Exemption from Attendance at School (Form B6), a copy of which will be forwarded to you.

Applications for more than 100 days are forwarded (with a recommendation from the Director of Schools) to the Minister for Education.

Detailed application forms are required to be complete before an Exemption from Attendance is granted.

Applications cannot be dealt with retrospectively.