Please help us reach our attendance target for 2012/13 of 96%
Each term we send letters out to parents whose children have an attendance of less than 90%. Please let us know of any reasons that will lead to low attendance. We are here to help.
ILLNESS, MEDICAL AND DENTAL APPOINTMENTS – Absences as a result of illness or dental appointments will be treated as authorised absences (provided the school is informed). You need to phone on the morning of absence and follow this with a note on your child’s return.
If no message is received you may receive an automated text from us (from this number +44 1492 233035) asking why your child isn’t in school. This number does not take telephone calls but you can text back or telephone the school if it is easier 878149
LATENESS – A pupil arriving late may disrupt not only his or her continuity of learning but that of others. For registration to mean anything at all, a firm line must therefore be taken on all late arrivals. Where pupils miss registration and fail to provide an adequate explanation they will be marked as unauthorised absence for that session. To do otherwise would undermine the whole purpose of registration and may serve to encourage other pupils to arrive late. Individual circumstances will of course be taken into account if late arrival stems from unavoidable circumstances. If you arrive late you must go to the main office.
MINDING THE HOUSE/ LOOKING AFTER BROTHERS OR SISTERS
In the vast majority of circumstances such absences will constitute unauthorised absence.
SHOPPING DURING SCHOOL HOURS – Unauthorised absence
SPECIAL OCCASIONS – Much will depend on the circumstances of the individual case, although only truly exceptional occasions will be authorised. Absence because of a birthday would not normally be authorised.
FAMILY BEREAVEMENTS – Authorised absence
FAMILY HOLIDAYS AND EXTENDED TRIPS OVERSEAS DURING TERM TIME
Under Regulation 12 of the Education Regulations 1981, there is a discretionary power, for leave to be granted for the purpose of an annual family holiday or holiday during term time. Only in exceptional circumstances may the amount exceed (in total) more than two weeks in any year. Pupils will not normally be granted leave unless travel away from home is contemplated. Please note that absence on a Friday to have an extended weekend is not authorized.