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Attendance and Absence

Information for Parents

Regular and punctual attendance at school is essential for enabling children to do their best; there are expectations for pupils, parents and the school to enable this to happen.

These expectations are set out in the Home School Agreement which all parents and pupils are asked to sign.

If your child is absent or late to the extent that it begins to affect their progress we will speak to you or send you a letter. If your child is absent from school for any reason, please let us know by telephone, email or letter on the first day of absence. If a phone call or note is not received, the school will contact you on the first morning. A pupil’s absence from school will be considered as unauthorised until a satisfactory explanation is received from the parent. If a child’s attendance falls below 90% the Education Entitlement Service (EES) will be notified. Requests for absence during term time must be made to the Head Teacher.

Government guidelines, which came into effect on 1st September 2013, prevent Head Teachers from granting any leave of absence during term time, unless there are exceptional circumstances. If a request for leave is granted, it is at the Head Teacher’s discretion to determine the number of school days a child can be away from school. The current law does not give any entitlement to parents to take their child on holiday during term time and parents can be fined. Please also be aware that any unauthorised absence will remain on your child’s record for the entire duration of their education.