Attending school every day means:
Attendance is one of the most important aspects of our school data therefore we all need to work together to ensure that our attendance figures exceed the national average. For more information, please refer to our Attendance Policy.
|Group||Presents||Authorised Absences||Unauthorised Absences||Possible||% Attend|
Our absence reporting procedures are as follows:
We also require evidence of medical appointments. Please bring letters, appointment cards, etc into school so that they can be copied and kept on your child’s record. We realise that some emergency appointments are made over the telephone. In this instance, you can request evidence of the appointment from the medical receptionists. This should be brought into school as soon as possible.
|Chicken Pox||Until rash has crusted (6 - 7 days)|
|Diarrhoea/Sickness||Until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped|
|German Measles||Until 5 days after onset of rash|
|Glandular Fever||During acute stage of illness|
|Headlice/ringworm||Until treatment started|
|Influenza||Until symptoms have stopped|
|Impetigo/Cold Sores||Until lesions have healed|
|Measles||Until better, at least 7 days from onset of rash|
|Mumps||Until 7 days after swelling becomes evident|
|Scabies||Until symptoms have gone|
|Scarlet Fever||Until 5 days after start of treatment by a GP|
|Sore throat (bacterial)||Until 5 days after antibiotics started|
|Whooping cough||Until 5 days after antibiotics started|
|Yellow Jaundice (Infectious Hepatitis)||For 4 weeks|
The Education Act (1996) requires parents to ensure their child attends school regularly. There is no automatic right to take your child out of school during term time. The Law does however allow Head Teachers to consider individual requests to authorise Leave of Absence in Exceptional Circumstance(s).
The Head Teacher must be satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances to justify an authorised absence. It is the parent’s responsibility when submitting the request to provide all the information and evidence to prove exceptional circumstances.
The request for authorised Leave of Absence must be made at least two weeks in advance and the Head Teacher may invite the parent/carer(s) into school to discuss the request before a decision is made.
If the Head Teacher authorises the Leave of Absence it is expected that the child’s attendance will be of a satisfactory level both prior and after the date covered by the request.
If the Head Teacher refuses Leave of Absence and the absence is recorded as unauthorised, the Head Teacher may refer the matter to the Local Authority requesting that a Penalty Notice be issued. This is the Head Teachers decision.
A Penalty Notice is £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt, rising to £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days. If the penalty is not paid in full by the end of the 28 day period the Local Authority may prosecute for the offence to which the notice applies.
Each parent/carer may be issued with a Penalty Notice in respect of each child.
Research suggests that children who are absent from School may never catch up on the learning they have missed, which may ultimately affect exam and test results. As a parent/carer, you can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not allowing your child to miss school for anything other than an exceptional and unavoidable reason.