Reporting an Absence
If your child is unable to attend school you should telephone the School Office by 9.30am on the first day of absence to provide a reason for the absence: 01255 880268. If the office is unmanned, please leave a voicemail. If we have not heard from you by 9.30am, a member of staff will contact you by telephone as a matter of concern to ensure your child’s safety. The Missing Education and Child Employment Service (formally the Education Welfare Service) carries out Register Sweeps, which involve Investigating Officers calling at the homes of all pupils who are absent without reason. Absences without reason or for unacceptable reasons such as shopping, birthdays or visiting relatives will be recorded on your child’s record as unauthorised.
Your child should arrive at school for registration between 8.35am and 8.45am. We understand that from time to time there may be circumstances which result in your child arriving late for school. Late arrival before 9.15am is recorded as ‘Late’ on your child’s record. Late arrival after the close of registers at 9.15am will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. Late arrival by pupils is disruptive to the class and for the child who is late. Persistent late arrival will be followed up by the school and may also be looked upon as irregular school attendance and referred to the Missing Education and Child Employment Service .
Absence requests - holidays, illness
Absences other than illness need to be authorised in advance by completing an ‘Absence Request’ form which is available from the School Office. Please arrange medical/dental appointments outside of school hours. If this is unavoidable your child will be released for the appointment and, where possible should return to school after the appointment. You may be asked to produce an appointment card/letter so that a copy can be retained to support your request.
Parents do not have a legal right to take their child out of school for a family holiday. Amendments to the 2006 regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted.
100% attendance does not entitle a holiday request to be authorised.
If the request is not authorised and you still take your child out of school for a holiday, the Local Authority may issue you with a Penalty Notice.
Retrospective permission cannot be given and any holidays taken without request will automatically be recorded as unauthorised.