Good attendance at school is essential if students are to reach their full potential.
We follow common procedures with our Family Group of Schools on attendance. We expect parents to work with the school to ensure full attendance. We expect parents to telephone to tell us if their child is ill on the first day of absence. In addition we use an automated absence system to contact you directly if your child is marked absent at morning registration. It will enable you to respond, if your child is away with good reason, giving the reason for absence and save you writing a note.
We recommend that parents arrange holidays in school holiday times, to have the smallest possible impact on students’ education. Holidays can no longer be authorised so parents and carers risk a Fixed Penalty Notice fine of £120 per parent/carer per child (£60 if paid within 21 days)
We will involve the Educational Welfare Officer in every case where we have concerns about a student’s attendance. Please contact your Year Team Administrator or child’s tutor or Year Team Leader if you have concerns regarding your child’s attendance in school which require support.
Don’t forget the higher your child’s attendance, the better their GCSE results and the better earning potential they will have!
Mr.Liley has been working on attendance and an absence request form with our Locality Primary Schools and has produced a new form which is available in reception or you can download it here.
The Department for Education states that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time.
Any application for leave must be in exceptional circumstances and the headteacher must be satisfied that the circumstances warrant the granting of leave.
We take a consistent approach to punctuality. We believe that punctuality is important and we want to stress it with all children. It is important that children are in school by 8.40 so they can be in START on time at 8.45am.