Attendance and absences
Absence due to illness: If your child is unable to attend school due to illness please notify the school each day they are absent, giving the reason for their absence. This can be done via the school answerphone system or by submitting an absence form below.
You should also send a note to the class teacher when your child returns to school. It is for the school to decide whether an absence can be authorised. Authorised absences include dental and medical appointments and exceptional circumstances. Shopping during school hours, holidays in school time, or late arrival with no reasonable explanation are examples of absences which will be treated as unauthorised.
The school works closely with the county’s Education Welfare Officer [EWO] who closely monitors every child’s attendance. If your child’s attendance falls below 95% or there is repeated lateness you will receive a letter advising you that this must improve, as this is proven to have detrimental effects on your child’s education.
Holidays in term time
Absence during term time as a result of holidays interrupts continuity of teaching and learning, disrupts the educational progress of individual children and creates disruption in schools. New policy guidelines for schools were introduced from September 2006. Holiday requests will be refused, unless there are “exceptional circumstances”. For permission to be granted under this criterion, attendance over the previous twenty weeks would need to be over 95%.
The “financial advantages” and “family commitments” reason for a request would not be accepted under this criteria for permission.
The latest update from the DfE states that if permission is not granted and the child is taken out of school, this will be classified as unauthorised absence, i.e. truancy, and you may be liable for a Penalty Notice (fine). Penalty Notices may only be served in accordance with the County Council’s code of conduct.
The amount of a Penalty Notice is £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days, increasing to £120 per parent per child if paid after 21 days and before 28 days. Should a parent or carer on whom a notice is served fail to pay the fine in full within the specified time he/she will be liable to prosecution in a Magistrates court where on conviction a sentence of a fine up to £2,500 or up to three months in prison may be imposed.
It is essential you arrange family holidays during school holidays. School term dates for 2018-19 can be found on the home page of the website.