Leave is not permitted during the school term as the school year is carefully planned to ensure for continuity and progression in all subjects. When children are absent from school they miss the opportunities offered by the curriculum and can fall behind in their studies, which can sometimes lead to them becoming disillusioned with school. Research shows that children who have good attendance achieve well at school. Children who arrive late and attend infrequently definitely do not do so well. The only time that leave is permitted by the Headteacher is for exceptional circumstances.