Evidence shows that good attendance is a key factor in enabling children to reach their potential. Following the two periods where school have been closed to most pupils, it is more important than ever to ensure children are in school everyday as we look to fill any gaps that children may have in their knowledge, skills and understanding.
We have high expectations for every pupils attendance. Our ‘floor target’ is 96% but we hope for 100% attendance. The following table shows the impact on school attendance based on the number of days off:
What difference will it make if my child is late to school?
When pupils arrive late, they miss out on essential instructions given at the beginning of the lesson. This can significantly reduce achievement, regardless of academic ability. Children may also feel awkward arriving to the classroom when everyone else is settled. Furthermore, when one pupil arrives late, it disrupts the entire class and the teacher. Therefore, everyone’s education is compromised. Lost minutes means lost learning.
Absence During Term Time
The school is unable to authorise absence unless there are exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances include, for example, occasions where the timing of an event is outside of your control, such as a family wedding or funeral. Exceptional circumstances are events that are not going to occur again. In the overwhelming majority of cases, family holidays do not meet this criteria.
If there are exceptional circumstances, parents are asked to meet with the Headteacher, or write, giving a full explanation of the exceptional circumstances and provide evidence to support your application. I will then write to you to tell you whether the absence can be authorised.
As a school we are working extremely hard to improve the educational experience for children in our school and to maximise their progress and learning. We ask that you continue to support us by ensuring that your children are in school during term time.
Requests for Absence from School in Exceptional Circumstances and Penalty Notices
You are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. If your child accrues 10 consecutive sessions of unauthorised absence you may be liable for a penalty notice (one days absence equals two sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions).
An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Head teacher has not given permission for or where an explanation has not been provided by the parents.
Parents must complete a request for absence from school in exceptional circumstances form and submit this to the school, allowing for sufficient time to enable the school to consider the request and inform parents of the decision.
Where parents do not follow the school’s procedures of submitting a request and simply remove their child without seeking prior approval, a warning may not be given and you may be liable for a penalty notice.
If your request is declined or you do not follow the correct procedure and you still take your child out of school each parent within your household may be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised school absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.