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Attendance

Attendance – General Information

 

The law says that parents are legally responsible for making sure their children attend school regularly.   Research has shown that poor attendance is linked to lower exam grades.  Children that attend school regularly also have better social skills and stronger friendship groups.

Children must be in full-time education by the term after their 5th birthday.  However, if your child joins our school before that time, they are expected to follow our attendance policy as this encourages a positive attendance pattern for future years .

If your child’s  attendance becomes a cause for concern, you will be asked to attend a meeting to discuss the reasons for this.  If there is no improvement in your child’s attendance you will be asked to attend a meeting with the Local Authority Attendance Officer.

By having just one day a week absent from school, your child’s attendance would be 80%  – the equivalent of  missing 8 school weeks a year!

School  starts  promptly at 8.55 a.m. If your child is not in the playground to be brought in with the rest of their class, they will be given a Late mark.

Examples of authorised absences:

An illness

Religious holidays e.g. Eid

Medical appointments that cannot  be made out of school hours.

Exceptional circumstances approved in advance, e.g. participation in an   approved public performance or family wedding.

Examples of unauthorised absences:

Holidays

Birthdays/parties

Family days out/shopping trips

Inclement weather

Sibling illness

Please try to make medical appointments outside school hours.  If you have to take your child for an appointment, do not keep them off the whole day, general appointments should only take an hour or so and you child can come to school before/after their appointment.

 

When should I keep my child off school?

 

Common sense is your best guide when deciding whether your child needs to stay at home.  As a general rule, if your child complains of minor ailments (slight sore throat, slight cold or cough, minor aches and pains, slight headache) they should come to school.  If their condition deteriorates during the day, the school will contact you.

Your child should not come to school if they have sickness or diarrhoea.  Once they have been clear for 24 hours they should return to school.

 

Do not send a child to school with an unexplained rash until you have consulted a doctor.

If your child has a slight ear or tooth ache they should come to school, if the pain persists they should see a doctor or dentist.

 

Please remember that early morning aches and pains often pass so do not keep your child at home ‘just in case’.  If your child becomes ill during the day we will contact you.  If you are in any doubt, please contact the school office.

 

Leave of Absence During Term Time

 

The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child out of school during term time. The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 prohibits Head teachers granting leave of absence to a pupil except where an application has been made in advance and the Head teacher considers that there are exceptional circumstances relating to the application.

 

Taking your child out of school during term time could be detrimental to your child’s educational progress. A pupil who takes 10 days absence will only attain 94.7% attendance in the year. 10 days absence also means the pupil will miss 50 hours of education.

 

If the absence is not authorised and the holiday is taken, the case will be referred to the Child and Family Early Intervention Team who may issue a Penalty Notice for £120 (or £60 if paid within 21 days) to each parent for each child taken out of school.

 

Holidays during term time will  not  be authorised. If we believe that your child has been on holiday (even if a request was not submitted), you can still be issued with a Penalty Notice.

Leave of Absence During Term Time forms are available from the School Reception.

If your child is absent from school, you should:-

 

a) Contact the school as early as possible to advise why they are absent.

b) Keep the school advised if your child is absent for more than a day or two.

c) Send a note confirming why they were  absent on your child’s return to school.

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