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Attendance

 

Attendance:

Children are expected to attend school for the full 190 days of the academic year, unless there is a good reason for absence. We recognise that there are exceptional circumstances that can impact on a child's attendance and we encourage families to keep the school informed in such situations. If you have concerns about your child's attendance please contact your child's class teacher.

 

Punctuality:

The school day begins at 8.50am when the doors are closed. Any latecomers should report to the main office in the Key Stage 1 department.

Parents/carers should ensure that children arrive on time for school as lateness can interrupt the first lesson of the day and affect pupil progress. Pupils who are consistently late are disrupting not only their own education but also that of others. Where persistent lateness gives cause for concern further action will be taken.

 

Illness:

If your child is ill please inform the school by telephone every morning they are ill by selecting option 1 on the school number 01625 384384, so we know they are safe at home.

If your child has not arrived at school and we have received no message from you, we will make every attempt to contact you to ascertain your child’s whereabouts.

If your child has suffered from sickness and diarrhoea they should be kept off school for at least 48 hours after symptoms have cleared. Further details can be found on the Public Health website

 

Medical / Dental Appointments:

Appointments should be made outside of school hours. Where this is not possible evidence of the appointment must be provided to the school office in advance, if available, or upon your child’s return to school.

 

Holiday Dates:

Details on our term time holidays can be found here

 

Requests for Leave of Absence during term time:

The 2013 regulation amendments make clear that head teachers may not grant any leave of absence (holiday) during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The amendments give parents no entitlement to take their child out of school for a holiday in term time. The Head teacher and the Governing Body will determine what the exceptional circumstances are.

 

TAKING YOUR CHILD OUT OF SCHOOL WITHOUT THE SCHOOL’S AUTHORISATION MAY RESULT IN THE LOCAL AUTHORITY ISSUING A FIXED PENALTY NOTICE TO EACH PARENT/CARER FOR EACH CHILD.

 

Penalties for unauthorised absence

Timeline                

One child

Two children

Paid within 21 days 

£60 per parent

£60 per child = £120 per parent

After 21 days and before 28 days

£120 per parent

£120 per child = £240 per parent

After 28  days        

You will be summons to appear before the Magistrates’ Court on the grounds you have failed to secure your child’s regular attendance.

You will be summons to appear before the Magistrates’ Court on the grounds you have failed to secure your children’s regular attendance.

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