Children are expected to attend school for 190 days each year. If a child is unwell and unable to attend, parents should notify the school each day they are off by ringing 01274 722981, selecting option 1 and leaving a message on the absence line by 9.00 am at the latest. Any unexplained absences will be followed up with a text message. If there is still no response to this, the absence will be marked as unauthorised.
If you know in advance that your child is going to be absent in the near future, e.g. for a hospital or dental appointment, please inform the school. You will be asked to show evidence of the appointment when you collect your child.
It is important that your child arrives at school in time for the beginning of each session. If they arrive at 8.40 am or later they should come into school through the main door and sign their names in the Late Book.
We are working with BCL Consultancy Ltd to monitor attendance. Persistent absence or lateness will be recorded and referred to BCL Consultancy Ltd to carry out appropriate and effective interventions to improve the attendance of individual pupils. Home visits may also be made as welfare checks.
Absence in Term Time
Authorised leave of absence will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Headteacher. Parents considering visits abroad should in the first instance talk to our Home School Liaison Officer. She will give you a Holiday Absence Form to complete, which will then need to be signed by the Headteacher.
Each request will be considered individually taking into account circumstances such as the nature of the event for which leave is sought, the frequency of the request, whether the parent gave advance notice; and the pupil’s attainment, attendance and ability to catch up on missed schooling.
The Governing Body have introduced penalty notice fines of £60, per parent, per child, where children are taken out of school when authorisation has not been granted or sought.