Absence from School During Term Time
The Department for Education states; every day at school counts enormously and so does every consecutive day attended by pupils. Pupils need to be able to absorb new facts and knowledge, acquire new skills and consolidate before building further and progressing. They simply cannot do so if their structured school terms are disrupted by too many preventable absences.
As you may be aware the DFE made amendments to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 in 2013 which came into effect on 1st September 2013. According the DFE website ‘These amendments removed any reference to family holidays and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. The amendments make clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if the leave is granted’.
Illness and Appointments
Please call the office before 9.00am on 01980 842293 if your child is going to be absent due to Illness. If your child has sickness or Diarrhoea
then the 48 Hour Rule applies. Please ensure that you seek medical advice if you have any concerns about your child’s health.
What if I will be late to collect my child?
Ring the school office on 01980 842293 or email firstname.lastname@example.org inform us that you will be late and give a time of your arrival.
Please remember it is important that you bring your child to school on time and collect them on time!
Doctors, Dental and Hospital Appointments
Please try to book any appointments outside school hours. It is really important that interruptions to your child’s learning are kept to a minimum. We understand that there are occasions when appointment times are out of your control.
If you’re going on holiday or have another reason for absence you need to complete a Leave of Absence Request Form. Please be aware that you may be issued with a penalty notice of £60 per child, per parent.