The Government has set attendance targets for pupils at school. The target for 2018 – 19 is: “For all pupils to achieve a minimum of 96.1% attendance.”
All schools are required to publish figures for authorised and unauthorised absence from school. We work hard to reduce the number of unauthorised absences by contacting parents each morning if their child is absent from school. We also send a copy of your child’s attendance certificate with their school report and discuss it with you at Parents’ Evening.
Only the Head Teacher, on behalf of the governing body, can authorise absence from school. Absence can only be authorised for the following reasons:
The Department for Education does not permit holidays during term time. If there is a reason for absence that is not covered by the above list and could be considered ‘exceptional circumstances’ then parents/carers must request the leave in writing, giving detailed information about why the absence is required. If the school refuses a request for term time leave, yet the child is taken out of school regardless, this will be noted as ‘unauthorised absence’. This will then be referred to the Education Welfare Service to issue a fixed penalty notice.
What is unauthorised absence?
We believe that good punctuality is a vital part of the education of each child. Good habits learnt at an early age can only benefit your child in later life. Education Welfare closely monitor punctuality and will contact parents of children who are persistently late.
Arriving late to school has a serious effect on your child’s education; please consider the following:
We recommend that children arrive in the School playground in good time to enable them to enter school with their class and begin Registration promptly at 8:55. A record is kept in school for children who are late. Parents of pupils who are consistently late are contacted by the Head Teacher.