school's expectations in regards to attendance are listed below:
- Children should be in school every day and arrive on time
- Reasons for absence should be communicated to the school by 8:45 a.m. on the morning of each day of absence.
- Attendance that drops below 95% is considered a cause for concern — 95% equates to 10 missed days across a whole school year. Attendance below that level for an academic year will trigger a review process.
- Please try to make medical appointments (where possible) outside of the school day, take holidays out of school term time, and communicate any reasons for absence clearly with school staff.
- Excellent attendance at school is important to allow a child to full their potential.
from School During Term Time
schools are required to consider parental requests for absence from
school in term time, it still remains the legal duty of parents to
ensure the regular attendance of a child of compulsory school age.
Failure to do so could result in the local authority issuing a
penalty notice or prosecuting the parents in the magistrates’
guidelines clearly state that absence from school can be taken in
exceptional circumstances, and this means that the parent must make a
strong case for taking a child out of school in an academic year.
Exceptional circumstances must be explained fully to the school who
will then consider the request. Any medical appointments/procedures
during school time are always authorised but the school does require
evidence, such as appointment cards or letters.
should not expect that that the school will automatically agree to an
absence from school during term time. All requests are at the
discretion of the principal
and can only be authorised by the principal
or the member of staff with designated authority in the absence of
the principal. Absence
from school can be taken in exceptional circumstances, and this means
that the parent must make a strong case for taking a child out of
school in an academic year.
call the office before 8:45 a.m. on 01865
your child is going to be absent due to illness. If your child has
sickness or diarrhoea, the ’48-Hour
Please ensure that you seek medical advice if you have any concerns
about your child’s health.
medical appointments/procedures during school time are always
authorised but the school does require evidence, such as appointment
cards or letters.
if I’m Late to Collect My Child?
the school office on 01865
email [email protected]
inform us that you will be late and give a time of your arrival.
If you are going on holiday or have another reason for absence, you need to complete an absence request form, available from reception. Please be aware that you may be issued with a penalty notice of £60 per child, per parent.
for Absence — Key Points for Parents
- Request for absence during term time will not be authorised.
- Any requests for the purpose of visiting family, attending family occasions, or celebrations will not be authorised.
- Parents are at risk of receiving a penalty notice for unauthorised absence. This is a fine of £60 per parent, per child, if paid within 21 days or £120 if paid within 28 days.
- If a pupil's attendance is below 95% and the request for absence is more than 5 days, parents may be prosecuted.
- If prosecuted and found guilty, the parent faces a punishment of a fine of up to £2,500 and/or 3 months' imprisonment.
- Request for absence of 10 days or more may result in pupils being removed from the school register.
- If a pupil is removed from the school register: A) The pupil cannot return to school and B) Parents will need to register their child with the local authority to apply for a new school place.