How do I report my child’s absence?
Please call the school on each day of absence stating the reason why your child is absent. For reasons of child safety we would ask that you telephone the school before 8:45 a.m. to report any absence from school. If we do not receive a message about absence school will contact you and expect a reply the same day.
Regular and punctual attendance at school is a legal requirement and a responsibility shared by parents /carers and the school. We have an attendance officer at the school who is available to discuss any issues or problems you may have regarding attendance or punctuality. If your child’s absence falls below 90%, you will be called to a meeting with the Family Support Worker and Office Administrator or Family Support Worker and the Headteacher.
Our Family Support Worker is also available to offer support regarding attendance.
Can I take my child on holiday during school time?
In September 2013 the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 came into force. These regulations make it clear that Headteachers should not grant approval for any leave of absence during term-time, including holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. These regulations also state that holidays cannot be authorised retrospectively.
Any requests should be on an official school absence request form and handed into the school office for consideration prior to any holiday/leave arrangements being made.
You may be issued with a Penalty Notice should leave be taken which is not authorised. If unpaid this could lead to prosecution under section 444(1) of The Education Act 1996.