The School staff, alongside the LA, firmly believe that all children benefit from regular School attendance. We will encourage parents/carers to ensure that the children in their care achieve maximum possible attendance and that any problems that prevent full attendance are identified and acted on promptly.
Morning Registration and Lateness
This takes place between 8.40 and 8.50am. The registers will remain open until 9.15am. Any child who arrives after 8.50am but before 9.15am will be marked as present but late. Any child arriving after 9.15am will be marked as having an unauthorised absence.
Exceptional Leave of Absence
There is no automatic entitlement in law to take a holiday / time off during term time. School will only authorise leave of absence in term time in extremely exceptional circumstances (e.g. immediate family bereavement). Any requests would need to be made in writing, using the Absence Request Form (link at the bottom of this page).
Reporting an Absence
If your child is absent from school, please notify the office before 9am by either calling 01784 434128 and leaving a message or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (please do not use any other email address).
Whenever possible, parents should try to arrange medical and other appointments outside of School time. If this cannot be arranged, parents need to contact the school office in advance in writing, providing an appointment confirmation.
Please note, that if you take your child(ren) out of school without approval from the Head of School for 5 or more days (which do not have to be consecutive) , you will be liable to receive a penalty notice in line with the guidance from the DfE. Currently the amount payable under a penalty notice is £60.00 per parent/carer per child if paid within 21 days. Thereafter the amount increases to £120.00 if paid between 21 and 28 days. If the penalty notice remains unpaid after 28 days, the Local Authority will consider a prosecution in the Magistrates Court. Please note that penalty notices are issued per parent/carer per child so a family of two parents and two children will receive 4 penalty notices.