I think if it's someone doing official spot-checks on truancy etc you would just give them the name of the school and they would contact them directly to ask about permission etc. If it's anyone else then it's none of their business anyway.
It's the teenagers that the truancy patrols are after, especially as shopkeepers especially the newsagents and daily mail readers are convinced that all teenagers are shoplifters/muggers/troublemakers.
Ours had a problem last spring as the headteacher (at a church school) had easter holidays centred around easter and the local schools had holidays two-three weeks later.
have been stopped twice in plymouth by truant officers. one time thought it was someone trying to sell something, so walked on and ignored, only to be stopped by a uniformed policeman telling me to stop. they work in pairs.
they ask question, why not at school? and ask for school details and name and addy, and then they do actually contact the school to confirm the absence is authorised.
not sure what would have happened had it not been.
Have often been out with dd during school time on my way to and from hospital appointments/physio/chiropracter/counselling. Also been on holiday in other LEAs where school holidays are on different weeks. Never been stopped or carried any paperwork with me. Have been asked once or twice by staff on supermarket tills (when holidaying)- answered politely, though really none of their business.
I got stopped a few months ago in Tescos, dd3 had been sent home from school ill, we had been to the doctors and gone into tescos to collect antibiotics, I was furious, my children never have time off unless they are really ill. I felt that people like us an easy option to reach there quota with,it is well known in our town that all the real truants collect on the corner of the sea wall, but the truant officers are never ever seen there,