Attendence & Absence
We work in partnership with children, families and the Local Authority to promote and support children and families in ensuring regular school attendance and achievement.
Should a parent or carer be concerned about the attendance of their child they should in the first instance discuss the issues with us in line with our attendance policy. (This can be accessed on the school website or a copy requested from the School Office.)
Requesting a leave of absence in term time
Amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 which came into effect on the 1 September 2013, now make it clear that head teachers should only grant a leave of absence during term time if there are exceptional circumstances to justify this.
Head teachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
Amendments to the 2006 regulations also removed references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. Therefore it is clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
What to do if your child is ill
Inform the school as soon as possible by telephone or letter. This is especially important if your child is absent with an infectious disease. Medical appointments are authorised absence upon confirmation by appointment cards/letters. However we encourage routine appointments to be made out of school hours where possible.
Getting to school on time
Your child should be at school on time, ready for the register to be called. If your child has a doctor’s or dentist’s appointment, inform the school| beforehand so they know what time to expect them. Your child can still be given a present mark as long as they go for as much of the session as possible.
If your child is late for no valid reason, that counts as unauthorised absence.
What if my child doesn’t want to go?
Some children are reluctant to attend school, or look to their parents to provide them with an excuse. Never give in to pressure to let a child stay off school, it may make things worse.
If you are experiencing problems, talk to us as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the situation escalates. Most problems can be resolved once we are made aware of the situation.
What the law says
The local authority has the statutory powers under the Education Act 1996 to ensure children attend school and if they cannot successfully engage with the family to achieve this, they may use the many statutory powers to enforce the parents/carers responsibility regarding their child’s school attendance.
The Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 amended section 444 of the Education Act 1996 to allow parents to be issued with a penalty where they failed to ensure their child of compulsory school age (5-16) and school registered regular attendance.
A penalty notice is initially for £60. If this £60 is not paid within 21 days from the date of issue it rises to £120. If, after 28 days of the date of issue the £120 is not paid the Local Authorityl will prosecute the parents under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996. This will lead to a hearing in the Magistrates Court and may result in a fine of up to £1,000.
Getting Further advice
If your child’s attendance problems can’t be resolved easily, we may ask for help from the Local Support Team. They are independent of the school or you can contact them yourself if you prefer.