Just wondered others thought on this. A friend of mine at school requested 2 days off (unpaid) before the next spring half term (2013) so she could go on a pilgrimage with others from her church. She is a Christian and her vicar has been encouraging her to attend. She has worked at the school for a long time (10 year or more) and as far as I know has never asked for leave for any other reason. The head has said no to the request as she has turned others down in the past who have requested extra time off either side of a school holiday but this seems rather harsh as it is for a religious reason. I am not religious at all but can see how important this trip would be to my friend and how very upset she is about being turned down on the request considering the trip is 11 months away! I cannot find any policy on our LEA website to see if a situation like this is covered. Any thoughts?