Our school is usually used for polling and I inherited the expectation that staff attend school that day even though the children can't - in effect an additional INSET day. We have just been notified that the school will be needed as a polling station on 12th December for the General Election. Is this a statutory requirement or can the Head decide to allow the staff to work at home on that day? In my previous authority, they allocated an Occasional Day in the school year for this purpose as they did not allow schools to be used as polling stations. Any signposting to guidance / advice would be appreciated - I can't seem to find an answer to this particular question through Google!