Absence and Lateness
If you child is absent please inform the school using the Absence Line: 01904 552211. When children are absent from school it is important that we are informed of the reason as soon as possible, preferably before 8.50am. If you do not call us and your child is absent, we will phone you to check on the absence; this is partly a safeguarding procedure to check that you and your child are safe. Unless we receive a valid explanation from parents, we are obliged by law to record the absence as unauthorised.
When children are absent from school because of unforseen exceptional circumstances, parents are asked to write a letter or email of explanation to the Headteacher.
Attendance and Request for Absence in Exceptional Circumstances
Good attendance is key for pupils to feel settled at school and a sense of belonging; to make good progress; and to maintain and develop friendships.
Parents and carers should ensure that children arrive on time for school. This means that children have a calm start to the day and the school day starts smoothly for pupils and staff.
If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please phone the school’s absence line before 8.50am to report the absence: 01904 806075 Option 1. Ongoing absence should be reported daily unless it is a long term sickness absence in which case parents and carers should arrange with the school office when they will next phone to update school on progress towards returning to school.
Family holidays should be taken during the thirteen weeks school holiday that children have; holidays should not be taken during term time.
Dental and doctor appointments should be made outside of the school day. Hospital appointments should be evidence with an appointment letter/card shown to the school office in advance of the appointment. Parents and carers should give notice of any hospital appointments; it is not acceptable to arrive to collect children with no notice.
Good attendance for individuals and year groups is celebrated and rewarded in school.
Should you need to take your child out of school in exceptional circumstances such as a funeral or close family wedding, leave should be requested by submitting the the ‘Application for Leave of Absence’ form to the headteacher, in advance of the event. Similarly, this form can be used to request leave for music exams, for example
Request for a leave of absence or family holiday
Schools are regularly audited to ensure that they are following government guidelines and policies. The Government amendments make it clear that Headteachers must not grant any leave of absence during term-time unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term-time. Parents can be fined for taking their child on holiday during term-time without consent from the school.
Schools are not permitted to authorise holiday requests for the following reasons:
- Cost or availability of a particular holiday
- It overlaps the start or end of a school term
- The weather at a particular time of year
In deciding whether to authorise a request for leave of absence for exceptional circumstances, the Headteacher will consider:
your child’s current attendance record
the time of the school year
Individual reasons for request for leave.
- Unless you have an unforeseen emergency resulting the your child being absent, please give at least seven days’ notice for any requests for leave for exceptional circumstances. This means your request can be processed by the school office prior to the start of your absence, otherwise your request may not be authorised.
- Should a pupil fail to attend within ten school days immediately following the expiry of the period for which leave was granted, the child’s name can be removed from the school roll.