Every Day Counts
Every day at school matters to your child's education, academic success and future life chances. 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 who attend school regularly also have better social skills and stronger friendship groups.
We hope that you find the information below useful. If you have any queries or worries about your child's attendance then please contact Mrs Heron, our Child and Family Support Officer, who will be happy to advise you.
How do I report absence to school?
Contact the school on the first day of absence before 9:15am stating why your child is absent. Keep the school informed if your child is absent for more than one day and provide medical evidence for absences.
What is the difference between an authorised and unauthorised absence?
Examples of authorised absences: an illness, religious observance (e.g. Eid), medical appointments that cannot be made out of school hours, exceptional circumstances approved in advance, e.g. participation in approved public performance or family wedding (one day in UK and three days abroad).
Examples of unauthorised absences: birthdays/parties, family days out/shopping trips, bad weather, sibling illness.
Please try to take medical appointments outside school hours. If unavoidable, general appointments should only take an hour and your child should come to school before/ after their appointment. Please provide evidence of all medical appointments (a copy of the letter, an appointment card or a screen shot of a text message)
When should I keep my child off school?
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 worsens during the day, the school will contact you.
If your child has a slight ear or tooth ache they should come to school. If pain persists they should see a doctor or dentist.
Do not send a child to school with an unexplained rash until you have consulted a doctor.
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.
Your child should not come to school if they have had sickness or diarrhea. Once they have been clear for 24 hours, they should return to school.
Can my child have time off during term time?
Current law does not give any entitlement to parents/ carers to take their child out of school during term time. The Education Regulators of 2013 prohibits headteachers from granting any leave of absence during term time unless there are ‘exceptional circumstances’.
Parents/ Carers should complete a ‘Leave of Absence’ at least one month before any leave is required, with supporting evidence attached. If the leave of absence is not authorised, parents/carers will receive a letter from the head, which will include a warning that a penalty notice may be issued if the leave is taken.
Penalty notices can be issued if:
There have been 10 sessions (5 consecutive days) or more of unauthorized absence due to leave taken during an academic year’
Attendance is below 90% during the preceding 12 weeks before the leave was taken;
The leave was taken during a test week.
The school will contact the Early Help, Family Support & Youth Offending Service Team Leader, who will decide whether to issue a penalty notice. (£60 if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice, rising to £120 if paid after 21 days).
Please click on the document below to view (or download) a leave of absence form.