Research suggests that 17 missed school days a year equals GCSE Grade DROP in achivement!
The DFE target for student attendance is 95%.
Students with attendance below 95% may not be able to go on school trips and visits. (Unless in exceptional circumstances known to their Head of House).
Please, can parents ensure medical appointments are taken out of school hours or in school holidays where possible.
DFE legislation states family holidays should not be taken during term time, more information with regards this is linked below.
Term-time holidays could lead to prosecution by the welfare authorities. As it states in the authority guidelines ‘parents who remove their children from school in term time may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £60 per parent per child if paid within 21 days, £120 per parent per child if paid between 22 and 28 days’.
The Head is only allowed to authorise holidays in term time in exceptional circumstances.
The law requires that children attend school regularly and punctually every day, unless written permission has been given for absence.
If you know your child is going to be late or absent, a telephone call is required to the school office on the first morning of absence.
We ask parents to call school as early as possible so we can immediately account for a students non-arrival, failure to do so will cause unnecessary concern over your child’s whereabouts. It will also ensure that you are not contacted unnecessarily by phone during the course of the day. We operate a first day absence telephone call procedure in order to promote good attendance and develop the partnership between parents and school.
Upon your child’s return to school a note is still required to comply with Authority and school procedures. Where school has not been able to verify the reason for absence within 3 days then a letter will be sent home to enquire as to why your child is absent.
Attendance is monitored by school and the Education Social Worker who will investigate unexplained absences. We ask for parents’ support in helping to achieve our target of 95% attendance.