Pupil Attendance Policy and Requesting Leave
Attending school every day, starting in nursery and continuing in reception classes, will help give your child the best possible start in life.
Going to school every day means:
♦ making friends
♦ having lots of fun
♦ building lasting relationships
♦ time to play
♦ taking part in exciting activities
You can help us to help your child by encouraging regular school attendance.
Your child’s education is very important; attendance habits established in the foundation years of education can affect their entire school life.
♦ If your child is too ill to attend school or is absent for any other reason, please contact the school on the first day of absence
♦ If you are in any doubt as to whether to send your child to school please contact the school as soon as possible for advice
Setting good attendance patterns early on will also help your child later on. Although it seems a long way off at the moment, future employers want to recruit people who are reliable. Children who have a poor school attendance record may have less chance of getting a good job.
What happens if a child does not attend school regularly?
By law, all children of compulsory school age (between 5 and 16) must get a suitable full time education. As a parent you are responsible for making sure this happens and if you fail to ensure a child of compulsory school age attends school regularly, legal action may be taken by the Local Authority.
Leave during Term Time
PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE TAKING YOUR CHILD OUT OF SCHOOL DURING TERM TIME
- In law you must ask for permission for your children to miss school, well in advance of the planned absence
- Parents can request a leave of absence but, by law, this can only be authorised if the circumstances are exceptional
- Parents who take a child of compulsory school age out of school without permission from the school may be issued with a penalty notice
TO HELP YOUR CHILD DO WELL IN SCHOOL, YOU SHOULD:
- Arrange family holidays/leave of absence to coincide with school holidays wherever possible
- Avoid times when there are important examinations or tests (check with school)
- Always ask the school well in advance for permission
- Be aware of the potential impact on your child’s education