There is a link between good school attendance and high level attainment. Regardless of the reason, if your child is absent from school it will impact on their learning. Parents/carers are legally responsible for ensuring their child attends school on time every day.
Where possible all appointments should be booked outside of school hours. Where it is not possible, the amount of school time missed must be kept to a minimum. School may not authorise the time off school if medical evidence is not provided.
Too ill to attend school?
Children can attend school with minor ailments (toothache, headache, stomach ache, cold, sore throat) over the counter medicines can be given before & during school. School will contact you if your child becomes to ill to remain in school. Children should be off school for 24 hours if they have diarrhoea or vomiting.
If you are unsure how long your child should be absent with an illness speak to the school office, your doctor or your pharmacist for advice.
Leave of Absence
Holidays during term time WILL NOT be authorised.
The Headteacher may consider requests for leave of absence ONLY in exceptional circumstances.
Failure to request leave of absence will result in the absences being recorded unauthorised and you may be liable for statutory action.
Fines of £120 per parent/carer reduced to £60 if paid within 21 days may be issued where unauthorised leave has been taken during term time.
Absence during Term Time
Children must not be absent for:
*Day trips *Birthdays *Shopping
*Hair cuts *Parent / Sibling illness
It is your responsibility to notify school if your child is absent. A reason must be provided. Unreported absences will be followed up by a home visit from our Attendance Officer.
We would also remind you that if your child is off school for more than three days you will asked to provide medical evidence . This could be in the form of an appointment card, prescribed medicine, Dr’s note, etc.
The easiest way to ensure your child attends school on time every day is to establish a GOOD EVENING & MORNING ROUTINE. If mornings are hectic in your household, prepare as much as possible the night before.
Our target for attendance is 97%. Any child falling below this figure will be closely monitored by the Attendance Team. Any child with attendance below 90%, regardless of the reason for the absence, is considered to be a persistent absentee. This equates to just 2 days absent each month.
Over a five year period a child whose attendance is at 90%, will miss a half of a school year; that’s a lot of lost education!
Persistent absence will be monitored weekly and an EHA (Early Help Assessment) opened by school. A penalty advisory letter issued if no improvement is made and you will receive an appointment to attend an Attendance Panel meeting or home visit with the Attendance Adviser from the Education Welfare and Safeguarding Team, at One Education.
A fixed penalty fine will be issued if no improvement is made. Unpaid fines will be referred to the legal department for prosecution in court.
It is important that your child attends school every day and on time. Arriving late to school is unsettling for children. Children should arrive ready for class by 8.45am