"Sorry to start so early in the year (DD isnt even back until tomorrow) but please find attached a Leave/absence form for DD. She has been asked to attend an audition with Centre for Advanced Training on Friday evening and we need a bit of extra time to get there. I wasnt sure if this form was appropriate because its not really a holiday, but I filled it in in case.
I hope you understand what a wonderful opportunity this is for DD; we are all very nervous about it."
Does that sound OK? The school say no time off for yr9s so I'm very nervous
DS went back on the 1st day with an "X won't be in tomorrow morning as he has a hospital appointment" letter LOL.
Needless to say it didn't get through the system and I had a "why isn't he in" call at just after 11- at which point he was on the train back anyway.
I must say I don't generally " ask permission" as such for educational stuff out of school (the kids do a lot of music so have exams and concerts/rehearsals) I just send a really polite "X will unfortunately need to leave school at 2pm today as they have a music exam" or "X has been chosen to sing in a concert on the radio at lunchtime today with rehearsals before hand........it has been explained to us by the schools music service that schools can count this as educated off site for attendance purposes" etc
Educated off site is a good code for them to use for absence as it doesn't count negatively on anyones stats.