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Regular absences from school can affect:
- Attainment levels – the quality of school work, qualifications gained.
- School routine – disrupting your child’s learning and that of the other students.
- The chances of children and young people being involved in anti-social behaviour.
- A child or young person’s general wellbeing and long-term life opportunities.
- Improving regular attendance at school is therefore a key priority, both locally and nationally.
We are aware that children can miss school due to unavoidable illness. Please ensure that you communicate the reasons for your child’s absences on the first day of absence. If there are long-term attendance difficulties, then please discuss this with us so that we may support the situation.
Gives a child the very best chance of success.
Few interruptions to learning – a very good chance of success.
Your child has missed almost 3 weeks of learning.
90% or less
Persistent Absence Student (as defined by the DfE) This is worrying attendance. A child has had the equivalent of one day off school every fortnight/ almost 4 weeks off school (or more). It is less likely that good progress in learning can be made.
Attendance is an important part of your child’s education, they cannot learn if not in school.
Attendance = Attainment Every Day Counts.
You are legally responsible for seeing your child attends school every day and on time.
Please also be aware that if your child is late to school, after the register has closed, then this will be classed as an absence and further action could be taken against you.
Reporting your child’s absence from school.
If your child is going to be absent from school due to sickness or a medical appointment please follow the reporting procedure below.
- If your child is going to be absent from school please telephone the student absence line before 8.50 am on each day your child is absent and leave a message containing the student’s name, reason for the absence and the name of the person reporting the absence.
- The student absence line telephone number is 01543 423714 option 1.
- Registration takes place between 8.50 am and 9.10 am.
- Students who arrive at school between 9.10 am and 9.25 am are marked as arriving late but before the register is closed – using the L code.
- Students who arrive school after 9.25 am are marked as U – arrival after registers have closed. Unless the delay was caused by school transport issues.
- At 10.00 am, an absence text message will be sent to parents/carers who have not contacted the school regarding their child’s absence.
- If by 11.00 am, there has been no response from parents/carers a follow up telephone call will be made. If still no response, another telephone call will be made at 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm.
- If the unauthorised absence continues for more than two days without contact from parents/carers, the absence will be reported to Sarah Howard; Sarah will decide what further action is to be taken, by either a letter home or a home welfare visit.
It is vitally important that you contact school as soon as you know that your child will be staying at home due to illness or any other circumstances. This is to ensure your child is safe. If your contact details have changed please ensure your inform the school office.
Sarah Howard, our Every Child Matters Coordinator, monitors attendance closely. Attendance below our school target of 95% will be investigated. Following investigation, any unresolved issues or attendance percentages of less than 90% could result in parents receiving a FINE.
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced important amendments to legislation surrounding holidays in term time.
From 1st January 2018, any period of unauthorised leave may result in you receiving a Fixed Penalty Notice. The Department for Education allows a Head Teacher the discretion to consider authorising leave of absence only in “exceptional circumstances”. If you consider that your request for leave of absence is exceptional, you will need to complete a leave of absence form which is available from the school office. A response will be sent to you as soon as possible. If the request is not considered to be an exceptional circumstance, and you nevertheless take your child out of school, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised. Any unauthorised absence will be referred by the Head Teacher to the Local Authority. Parents can receive a Fixed Penalty Notice from the Local Authority for taking their child out of school during term time without consent from the school.