Please let us know if your child is unable to attend school due to illness or if she/he is going to be late. Whenever your child is absent from school, please let us know the reason by note, via ParentMail or telephone the Office, so we can record this in our attendance registers.
If a child is absent and we receive no explanation from parents, we will phone parents by 9.30am to ascertain why a child is not at school.
We are required by law to count any unexplained absences as unauthorised. A record is kept of a child’s attendance, including all absences, is included in our annual report to parents. Figures for the whole school are reported to the Department of Education and Local Authority. Law The Education Regulations 1999 requires all maintained schools are open to educate their pupils for at least 380 sessions (190 days) in each school year.
Parents of compulsory school age (five to sixteen) children have a legal duty to ensure their children receive suitable education by regular attendance at school. If a child is registered at school, parents have the legal responsibility for ensuring that their child attends regularly.
Absence through illness cannot be avoided at times. If your child is too ill to attend school you should inform the office before 9am on the first day of illness and daily thereafter unless an absence period is specified.
Medical Appointments (doctors, hospital, dentist etc.) Please inform us if your child has an appointment, parents are asked that wherever possible they remove their child from school for the minimum amount of time.
Lateness: The registers close at 9.30am; children arriving after this time will be entered as late in the register, this is counted as an unauthorised absence. All children arriving once the playground gates have closed should report to the school office.
Absence without explanation or authorisation. This will be classed as unauthorised absence and recorded in the register as such. Unauthorised absence could lead to the Local Authority issuing a penalty notice.
Absence/Holiday’s During Term Time: The Headteacher may only authorise leave of absence in exceptional circumstances and will require evidence to validate any request. Term time holidays should not be planned or booked, as they are likely to be unauthorised and could lead to the issuing of a fine by the Local Authority. Parents wishing to request leave of absence should collect a request form from the office and give to the Headteacher for approval. An appointment can be made should you wish to discuss absence requests with the Headteacher.
Penalty Notices/Fines Penalty Notices are issued by the local authority and require each parent of a child of compulsory school age, whose attendance has been unsatisfactory, to pay a penalty, currently £60.00 if paid within 21 days or £120.00 if paid within 28 days. If the Penalty Notice is not paid the case is automatically summonsed to appear in Court. Courts have a wider range of sentencing options, which could include a maximum fine of up to £1000.
We celebrate 100% Attendance at the end of year Assemblies.
If you require any attendance advice, please ask at the office, we will be delighted to help.