Good attendance at school provides vital continuity of learning for your son/daughter. If your child is absent from school for any period, they will miss important elements of their learning. Absence on unforeseeable grounds (illness, travel disruption or emergency medical appointments) should be communicated to the school by phone on 01525 220431 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org on each and every day of absence before 9.00am. This should be followed up in the form of a written note from the parent/carer, though verbal explanations may be acceptable where this is considered appropriate. Alternative arrangements will be agreed with non-English speaking parents/carers.
Registration takes place at 8.50am, Pupils who arrive after this time will be marked as present, but having arrived late. The register will close at 8.55am. Pupils arriving after the close of register will be recorded as being absent. This will not be authorised and will be counted as an absence for that schools session. The absence will only be authorised if a satisfactory explanation for the late arrival can be provided, for example, attendance at a medical appointment. (Code M) .
If your child is absent due to sickness, they must not return to school for 48 hours following their last bout of sickness.
Leave of Absence and Extended Leave:
Parents do not have an automatic right to remove their child from school during term time for the purpose of a holiday and are strongly advised not to do so. Parents should be aware that if their child is absent for 10 school days , they will miss 5% of their education during that academic year.
Parents wishing to take their child out of school during term time must send a written request to the Headteacher before arrangements are made. Parents must complete a " Leave of Absence Form". Documentary evidence of leave and return dates may be provided in order to process your request. Retrospective requests will not be considered and therefore will result in the absence being categorised as unauthorised. Each request will be considered individually and will take the following factors into account:
Length of the proposed leave
Age of the pupil
The pupil’s general absence/attendance record
Proximity of SATs and public examinations
Pupil’s ability to catch up the work missed
Pupil’s educational needs
General welfare of the pupil
Circumstances of the request
Purpose of the leave
Previous term time holidays taken
That parents must contact school should any delays occur
If the permission to take leave is not granted and the pupil is absent, the absence will be unauthorised.
See below for full policy details and " Leave of Absence Form"