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Absence

When your child is absent please make sure you inform school either by letter, phone call or personal visit. Any absences without explanation are classed as unauthorised. If we have not heard from you and have been given no reason for your child’s absence, we will automatically send out a First Response text message through our&nbspSchoolcomms text message&nbspservice. This will ask you to contact school urgently with a reason why your child is not present. If we do not hear back from you, this will be classed as unauthorised.

If your child arrives late, they will receive a ‘late’ mark. These will be noted on your child’s report. Children who are persistently absent or late, letters will be sent home to make you aware of the situation and will be referred to the Educational Welfare Officer and a home visit may be necessary. If your child arrives at school after 9.30 a.m. with no official reason given, they will receive an absence mark, as regulations say they must complete 2/3 of a session to be considered present.

Holidays in term time:

We recognize that it is often expensive to take a holiday during school breaks and that is why some parents may ask for term-time leave for their child.&nbsp However, it is important that parents carefully consider the implications of taking their child out of school during term-time. The Law says “Parents do not have the right to take their child out of school for holidays during term-time.

As of September 2013, schools can no longer grant family holidays in term time. There are 365 days a year (save for a leap year),&nbspand the children are expected to attend&nbspjust 190 of these days. This leaves 175 days for family holidays, birthday treats, special events with families, and non-urgent appointments.

If families still persist on removing their children from school during term time, they will find that their child will receive an unauthorised absence mark (Code ‘G’ on the register) and dependent on the length of holiday taken, may incur a fine imposed by the Local Authority. For more information about this, please download and read the leaflet, Leave of Absence from School:

The governors attach great importance to good attendance and punctuality and we appreciate parental support in this matter. Rates of authorised and unauthorised absence for the past year are as follows:

a) Percentage of unauthorised absences – 0.4%
b) Percentage of authorised absences – 3.1%
c) This means that our average weekly attendance was 96%

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