It is recognised that regular and punctual attendance at school is both a legal requirement and vital in helping young people to maximise their educational opportunities.
Parents of a student, who will not be attending school through illness or for other unforeseen reasons, are required to telephone the School Office before 8:30am, giving the child’s name, form and reason for absence.
A note, signed by a parent or guardian, confirming the reason, must be provided after every instance, otherwise the absence will be logged as unauthorised. By law, only the school can authorise an absence.
The Local Education Authority's Educational Welfare Service investigates unexplained absences. It is essential that students attend regularly.
Dental or medical treatment should be arranged outside school hours where possible.
If, in very exceptional circumstances, you need to request absence for your child, you should apply to the school.
Holidays in Term Time
As of 1 September 2013, there has been a change in the The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006.
Headteachers are now only allowed to authorise any leave of absence when an application has been made in advance, and it is felt to be for an exceptional circumstance. The annual family holiday would not be deemed an exceptional circumstance.
A letter from a primary parent or carer must be sent to the Headteacher at least two weeks before and must be agreed to before the leave begins. This is not an entitlement and holidays taken in term time will adversely affect your daughter’s/son’s attendance record and their academic progress.
If a leave of absence is taken during term time without permission, this will be marked in the school register as an unauthorised absence, and may result in a Truancy Penalty Notice of £60 (rising to £120) to each parent for each student taken out of school. In some cases, parents may be prosecuted for the offence of failure to ensure regular attendance at school.