Explanation of the "exceptional circumstances" which allowed Nancy Cameron to receive a day off school on 13/07/2015

Luke Bunger made this Freedom of Information request to Grey Coat Hospital School, Westminster

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Dear Grey Coat Hospital School, Westminster,

On 13/07/2016, Nancy Cameron, a student of your school, was photographed outside of school during school hours, and according to BBC News reports, was present at the public gallery of the House of Commons during Prime Ministers Questions. According to your published term dates, children at Grey Coat Hospital do not break up for the summer until 21/07/2016, thus today is a normal school day, even though it is close to the end of term.

While I recognise that head teachers have discretion to authorise absence in exceptional circumstances, "dad's last day at work" seems to fall well outside any published guidelines for such absences.

Can you please confirm the process by which the parents requested authorisation for the absence, including the dates said absence was first requested, and the grounds for authorising said absence, and the particular code applied to the absence. As you are undoubtedly aware, Ms. Cameron's father is the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, and his government have taken a very strict line on absence, and the particular circumstances seem to fall outside of any of the guidelines provided to headteachers. As previously mentioned, although I recognise each case must be judged on its own merit, the last day of work for a parent does not seem to be an exceptional circumstance as per the governments guidelines.

If the absence was not authorised, can you please confirm if you will be following up on this absence.

Finally, can you please confirm if you have ever authorised an absence for anything substantially similar to "parent's last day at work" since the new 2013 guidelines came into play.

Yours faithfully,

Luke Hughes-Bunger