Absence

Absence

If you wish to take your child out of school for holiday, a request must be submitted to the Headteacher. Please see the section headed ‘Request for holiday leave’ below.

If your child is absent from school, for example: illness, medical appointment, external exams, etc., in the first instance please call the absence line on 01491 680514 and select option 1 or dial 01491 683364, to leave a message before 9.00am on each day of every absence.

Please give the child’s name, tutor group and a brief reason for absence.

A call is required for each day of every absence that has not been previously authorised. This is to ensure that students are not absent from school without their parents or the school’s knowledge or consent. A letter is not required if a phone call in has been made.

If the absence is likely to continue for more than 3 to 5 days, please seek medical advice.

If the absence is for more than 5 days, proof of absence will be required from your GP.

Vomiting / diarrhoea bugs need 48 hours clear before sending your child back to school.

Should you have any queries concerning absences, please contact the Attendance Officer in the first instance on one of the above numbers.

Lateness

If your child is late for school, they must sign in at the office.

If they are late 3 or more times in one week without good reason, they will be required to attend an after school detention.

It is important that each student begins the day promptly and organised. We would therefore be grateful for your cooperation in ensuring your child’s punctuality.

Holiday Requests

There is no right time to have a holiday during term, as your child is missing out on this learning time. However, schools will consider parental requests for holidays and have discretionary powers to grant up to ten days leave during term time. Only in exceptional circumstances will more than ten days leave be granted.

The School governing body sets out the requirements for permission to be granted for term time leave.

Remember, over the course of your child’s education, taking two weeks family holiday in term time, each year, could mean that your child misses more than six months of their statutory education.

The law says that parents do not have a right to take their child out of school for holiday leave during term time.

The Headteacher decides and agrees the number of days that pupils are allowed to be withdrawn form school.

Things that will be considered when making a holiday request:

  • The child’s overall pattern of attendance.
  • The likely impact on the child’s education.
  • Whether holiday falls within a year that the child should take public exams.
  • The length, destination and purpose of the holiday and whether it is likely to be a rare event in the life of the child.
  • The family circumstances and the parents’ reasons for wanting to take their annual family holiday during term time.

Removal of your child for a holiday in term time without permission without authorisation from the Headteacher may lead to issuing of fixed penalty notice or even prosecution under section 444 of the Education Act.

What to do:

Requesting holidays should be done in writing at least one month prior to the departure and preferably to save disappointment, prior to booking the holiday.  If the child does not return to school after an agreed period, they may be marked as having unauthorised absence.

Attendance and attainment are closely linked. By keeping holidays outside of term time we are giving our children the best chance to succeed.

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